The first fatality involving an autonomous vehicle, which took place in Arizona and killed a woman crossing the street at night, shows that at the current stage, it is better to run such a auto in an environment it is familiar with, said a local smart auto agent. Most of those vehicles need one, or often more, people in the auto to make sure everything is running smoothly.
And there also was pressure to live up to a goal to offer a driverless auto service by the end of the year and to impress top executives.
The incident has even made Uber suspend all on-road testing of autonomous vehicles.
When Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi joined the company in August, he reportedly thought about shutting down its self-driving auto program, according to the Times. The firm has suspended its self-driving vehicle testing on public roads.
A video shot from the vehicle's dashboard camera showed the safety driver looking down, away from the road.
After a pedestrian is killed by one of the company's self-driving cars, documents show Uber's autonomous vehicle program might've been struggling. According to the police, the vehicle, with one safety driver and operating in autonomous mode, did not slow down before impact.
Uber also planned to seek regulatory approval by December to start a commercial service using its autonomous vehicles, the Times reported, leading to "pressure to live up to a goal to offer a driverless auto service by the end of the year and to impress top executives". "Our cars remain grounded, and we're assisting local, state and federal authorities in any way we can".
Waymo and Cruise, a self-driving vehicle company owned by GM, reported their "intervention" numbers to California regulators. One shows the outside view while other shows the car's interior. First, I believe the detection system of the auto should have detected the person in the road.
"There's no regulations, and if there's not a sheriff in town somebody gets killed", Simpson said. They wanted to take him on a ride without human interventions to demonstrate that the cars could handle so-called edge cases, tricky road situations that are hard to predict.
"Some employees expressed safety concerns to managers, according to the two people familiar with Uber's operations", the Times reported.
An Uber spokesman told the Times that miles-per-intervention was not a safety measurement but instead a rate of system improvement and it could depend on how and where vehicles were operating.
"Although this video isn't the full picture, it strongly suggests a failure by Uber's automated driving system and a lack of due care by Uber's driver (and by the victim)", said Smith, a professor of law at the University of SC. After its strong California results, Waymo is now testing cars in Chandler, Arizona, a Phoenix suburb, with no safety drivers.