Uber Suspends Self-Driving Car Program After Arizona Crash

Peduto to hear from Uber as driverless cars remain suspended

Peduto to hear from Uber as driverless cars remain suspended

Police had already ruled that Uber's vehicle, which the company has said was in autonomous mode, wasn't to blame. The impact turned the Uber on its side.

Even if Uber's latest autonomous automobile accident is a timely reminder that we're still some way off truly self-driving cars, a new Harris Poll gauging the opinions of 3,000 USA drivers finds that most people are already dreaming about what to do with all the spare time they'll have when their cars are capable of driving themselves.

The Tempe Police Department's findings reportedly are consistent with the witness statements provided by both Cole and Murphy. The light turned yellow as the vehicle entered an intersection.

However, witness accounts raise a question of whether or not Uber's self-driving sensors were able to spot the light turning yellow, and if so, whether it decided it could safely continue through the intersection, reported Insurance Journal.

Start braking unless it might cause an accident - ie, your hard braking could cause the auto behind you to hit you. "Unfortunately, our survey finds that many people are getting ahead of themselves - making plans for what they'll do in the vehicle instead of paying attention to the road".

Legally, however, you only commit an offense if you enter an intersection when the light is red (the law does vary a little state-by-state, but mostly this is true). "The state oversight is: There are not cars without drivers in them".

A driver turns left across multiple lanes at an intersection. "That's why all the data about crashes must be made public".

You would imagine then that if you are creating a self-driving vehicle, you would play very close attention to the left-turn scenario that causes so many auto crashes.

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On the launching of the pilot program in Pittsburgh a year ago, Uber categorically said that driverless cars "require human intervention in many conditions, including bad weather". Or with the bad driving habits of a fast driver?

Reports said, The accident happened when the driver of a second vehicle "failed to yield" to the Uber auto while making a turn, said Josie Montenegro, a spokeswoman for the Tempe Police Department.

We've all been in this situation on the road. He says there was no time to slam on the brakes.

What did the Uber algorithm do?

We will never know whether the Arizona accident would have been avoided if a person was controlling the vehicle the entire time, but it highlights how we're still far away from fully capable self-driving vehicles.

Did the vehicle see the yellow light at all?

At the time of the crash there were 12 self-driving Ubers on the road in Phoenix, less than 15 miles away from Tempe, where the accident happened. The company also said that the new technology had the prospective to cut the number of traffic accidents in the country. If it couldn't see any cars that might be turning left, then why wasn't that included as a risk factor?

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