Uber’s self-driving car saw pedestrian before fatal crash, but was programmed not to brake

Uber self-driving car accident braking report

The National Transportation Safety Board has released its preliminary report from the investigation into the fatal collision between an Uber self-driving vehicle and a pedestrian in Tempe, Arizona earlier this year. According to the report, Uber's self-driving system classified the pedestrian (who was wheeling a bicycle at the time) as a bicycle, and decided 1.3 seconds before the collision that an emergency braking manouvre was needed to avoid a crash. However, the NTSB report says that Uber's self-driving vehicles are not programmed to emergency brake, and instead rely on the human driver to intervene in such situations.

The four-page report provides a detailed look at the circumstances surrounding the crash, giving us the most complete picture yet of how the vehicle was configured. The real details of what caused this crash seem to come down to Uber's safety decisions, and are buried at the bottom of the second page.

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Uber’s self-driving car saw pedestrian before fatal crash, but was programmed not to brake originally appeared on BGR.com on Thu, 24 May 2018 at 11:55:15 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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