Wed Nov 6, 2019, 05:34 PM

Uber self-driving car that struck and killed pedestrian couldnt detect jaywalkers, NTSB says

From Fox.

"According to data obtained from the self-driving system, the system first registered radar and LIDAR observations of the pedestrian about six seconds before impact, when the vehicle was traveling at 43 mph,” the report said. “As the vehicle and pedestrian paths converged, the self-driving system software classified the pedestrian as an unknown object, as a vehicle, and then as a bicycle with varying expectations of future travel path. At 1.3 seconds before impact, the self-driving system determined that an emergency braking maneuver was needed to mitigate a collision.”

"According to Uber, emergency braking maneuvers are not enabled while the vehicle is under computer control, to reduce the potential for erratic vehicle behavior,” the report added. “The vehicle operator is relied on to intervene and take action. The system is not designed to alert the operator.”

I have mixed feelings about self-driving cars. Obviously the tech needs to get better.

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