• Feds: Uber self-driving SUV saw pedestrian, did not brake

    26 days ago - By Chron

    DETROIT - The autonomous Uber SUV that struck and killed an Arizona pedestrian in March spotted the woman about six seconds before hitting her, but did not stop because the system used to automatically apply brakes in potentially dangerous situations had been disabled, according to federal investigators.
    In a preliminary report on the crash, the National Transportation Safety Board said Thursday that emergency braking is not enabled while Uber's cars are under computer control, "to reduce the potential for erratic vehicle behavior."
    Instead, Uber relies on a human backup driver to...
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  • Distracted Driver and Braking Error Cited in Autonomous Uber Car's Fatal Crash

    26 days ago - By NY Times

    A computer system failure and an inattentive safety driver kept the vehicle from stopping before killing a woman in Arizona in March, the National Transportation Safety Board said.
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  • Uber in fatal crash detected pedestrian but had emergency braking disabled

    Uber in fatal crash detected pedestrian but had emergency braking disabled

    26 days ago - By Tech Crunch

    The initial report by the National Transportation Safety Board on the fatal self-driving Uber crash in March confirms that the car detected the pedestrian as early as 6 seconds before the crash, but did not slow or stop because its emergency braking systems were deliberately disabled.
    Uber told the NTSB that “emergency braking maneuvers are not enabled while the vehicle is under computer control, to reduce the potential for erratic vehicle behavior,” in other words to ensure a smooth ride. “The vehicle operator is relied on to intervene and take action. The system is not designed to alert...
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