More questions about that deadly Uber crash in Arizona

Posted March 25, 2018

Uber and other technology-driven companies claim that self-driving cars will be safer because no humans will be in control.

Gaffar said that Arizona's autonomous vehicle-friendly legislation is smart for allowing the industry room to grow. Khosrowshahi's trip was called "Milestone 1: Confidence" in the company documents.

Li Kang (李綱), an assistant professor in the National Taiwan University's Mechanical Engineering Department, added that while the government is headed in the right direction in encouraging the development and operation of autonomous vehicles, it must also have strong law enforcement in place to assure safety.

In California, the drivers must have completed a test driver training program by the company they work for, not have any at-fault collisions resulting in injury or death on their driving record and be clean of any citations for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs in the past decade. "Our cars remain grounded, and we're assisting local, state and federal authorities in any way we can", the company said in a statement.

The accident prompted Uber to pull all of its self-driving cars in Arizona and in Pittsburgh and Toronto, where they are also being operated in test mode. Further investigations into the accident have revealed that neither the self-driving system nor the safety driver hit the brakes.

The US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), as well as the Tempe Police Vehicular Crimes Unit, are investigating the incident.

Uber grounded all of its test vehicles while the United States transportation officials investigate the crash.

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He also said the video could represent a failure of a vehicle sensor or its algorithms, but it's unknown at this time if that's what happened.

The driver has the ability to take over the controls of the vehicle at any time.

Current evidence indicates Uber's vehicle was using video and lidar at the time of the accident, but there is no way to be certain exactly who or what is to blame before the incident is properly investigated.

"With autonomy, the edge cases kill you, so you've got to build out for all the edge cases", Khosrowshahi said at a conference in November. A separate group that faded away had been about customer experience and smaller details of the ride, such as hard braking.

At this point the auto was around 50 feet (15 metres) away. The customer pickup service was mostly dropped so drivers could focus on accumulating miles and gathering data to help the system become more reliable. He's one of hundreds of vehicle operators who've passed test after test in the classroom and out on the track. "We're monitoring the situation and plan to resume testing at an appropriate time", the statement said.

An Uber spokesman told the Times that miles-per-intervention was not a safety measurement but instead a rate of system improvement and it could depend on how and where vehicles were operating. Google's Waymo clocks in nearly 5,600 miles until human intervention in California. After its strong California results, Waymo is now testing cars in Chandler, Arizona, a Phoenix suburb, with no safety drivers.