Uber knew of problems with self-driving cars before fatal crash

'Disturbing and heartbreaking' footage of fatal self-driving crash released

AZfamily.com reports that Tempe police, the National Transportation Safety Board and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration conducted the visibility and braking test Thursday night.

On Monday, Uber halted autonomous auto tests in Arizona, Pittsburgh, San Francisco and Toronto.

Uber said in a statement to this news organization that it believed technology "has the power to make transportation safer than ever before", and that it recognized its responsibility to contribute to public safety. If that means slowing the rollout of driverless cars, that's OK.

No explanation has been offered as yet regarding the car's inability to detect a pedestrian moving across the range of its many sensors and why the human safety driver appears to be distracted.

Police have said the Volvo XC90 was traveling at about 40 miles per hour when it struck Herzberg.

Waymo and Cruise, a self-driving vehicle company owned by GM, reported their "intervention" numbers to California regulators.

It was bad news for Uber that when a self-driving vehicle first killed someone on a public road, the auto belonged to the struggling San Francisco ride-sharing firm.

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"The car's LiDAR (light ranging and detection laser system) should have picked the pedestrian up far before it hit her", says Raj Rajkumar, who leads the autonomous vehicle research team at Carnegie Mellon University. According to the police, the auto, with one safety driver and operating in autonomous mode, did not slow down before impact.

In Arizona, companies such as Uber only need to carry minimum liability insurance to operate self-driving cars.

A couple of problem drivers - required to keep their hands hovering over the steering wheel to take over when necessary, according to the Times - were highlighted in the paper's report, which cited as sources two unidentified people said to be familiar with Uber's operations: One driver was reportedly fired after falling asleep at the wheel, and another was reportedly seen "air drumming" while a auto went through an intersection.

"There's no regulations, and if there's not a sheriff in town somebody gets killed", Simpson said. "Which makes it a very, very hard problem". A smaller group "stressed" the cars by putting them in challenging situations where, without human intervention, they would have crashed.

This isn't the first time Uber has had to defend its background checks. The second person was responsible for keeping track of system performance as well as labeling data on a laptop computer. It's also unclear why Vasquez was looking down.

But Uber's autonomous cars are not operating almost as well as those of its competitors. After its strong California results, Waymo is now testing cars in Chandler, Arizona, a Phoenix suburb, with no safety drivers.

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