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Uber allegedly ignored manager's safety warning before self-driving fatality

He reportedly wrote execs and lawyers to describe accidents, lax procedures

He reportedly wrote execs and lawyers to describe accidents, lax procedures.

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Uber wants to resume autonomous car testing after pedestrian's death

It pledges to have two human backup drivers aboard the test vehicles

It pledges to have two human backup drivers aboard the test vehicles.

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Uber driver was streaming Hulu show just before self-driving car crash

Her account was streaming 'The Voice'

Her account was streaming "The Voice."

Official
NTSB: Uber self-driving car failed to recognize pedestrian or brake in fatal crash

Safety board's preliminary report describes two levels of failure

WASHINGTON — Uber had disabled an emergency braking system in a self-driving vehicle that struck and killed a woman in Arizona in March after failing to identify the pedestrian, the National Transportation Safety Board said in a preliminary report released on Thursday. The report said the modified 2017 Volvo XC90's radar systems observed the pedestrian six seconds before impact but "the self-driving system software classified the pedestrian as an unknown object, as a vehicle, an

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Uber hires former NTSB chair to advise on safety culture after fatal crash

Fatal accident was likely caused by software issue

Uber Technologies Inc said Monday it has hired a former National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) chairman to advise the company on its safety culture after a fatal self-driving crash in Arizona.

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Uber still believes autonomous vehicles have a future, says CEO

'Autonomous vehicles at maturity will be safer.'

Uber Chief Executive Dara Khosrowshahi said on Wednesday that the ride-sharing company still believes in the prospects for autonomous transport after one of its self-driving vehicles was involved in a fatal crash in Arizona last month.

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Uber self-driving tech has blind spots from fewer sensors, experts say

Two years before fatal crash, Uber went from 7 lidar units to just 1

Official
Arizona governor rescinds Uber's permission to test self-driving cars

He calls fatal crash ‘an unquestionable failure’ of the technology

The governor of Arizona on Monday suspended Uber's ability to test self-driving cars on public roads in the state following a fatal crash last week that killed a 49-year-old woman pedestrian.

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Waymo self-driving cars would've avoided Uber crash situation, CEO says

Waymo is widely considered to be ahead of rivals in self-driving cars

The head of Alphabet Inc's autonomous driving unit, Waymo, said on Saturday that the company's technology would have safely handled the situation confronting an Uber self-driving vehicle last week when it struck a pedestrian, killing her.

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Disturbing video from Uber self-driving car raises questions about fatal crash

Autonomy expert: ‘The sensors should have detected the pedestrian’

Police in Arizona on Wednesday released a short video of a fatal collision between an Uber self-driving vehicle and a pedestrian, as investigators probe the accident that has put new focus on the safety of autonomous vehicles.

Opinion
Self-driving cars will kill people: Count on it

With autonomy, like other technologies, we will learn from our mistakes

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Fatal accident with self-driving car raises novel legal questions

Who's at risk here? Uber? Volvo? Tech suppliers? All of the above?

The death of a pedestrian hit by a self-driving Uber vehicle in Arizona this week could offer a test of who can be held legally responsible for accidents when a human is no longer at the wheel, legal experts said.