The National Transit Safety Board released their findings that Uber’s software failed during
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 vehicle operator is relied on to intervene and take action. The system is not designed to alert the operator.
With the dawn of self-driving vehicles on the horizon, should we be prepared for more deaths as the result of software malfunctions? Do the safety risks posed by self-driving vehicles outweigh the benefits? Read the full report from the National Transit Safety Board here.