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Uber driver mostly to blame for fatal self-driving crash, NTSB finds

In March of 2018, Elaine Herzberg was walking in Tempe Arizona, when she was struck by an test version of a self-driving Uber car and killed. Upon researching the horrific accident, the National Transportation Safety Board has determined that the Uber operator behind the wheel of the car was at fault for the accident. She was watching a television show at the time of the accident. The NTSB believes, however, that Uber’s poor risk assessment and their failing to monitor their drivers also bore responsibility.

Key Takeaways:

  • Officials decided that the driver of a self-driving car in an Uber accident was mostly to blame.
  • Uber had not programmed the car to notice erratic walking patterns of pedestrians.
  • The brake software also were incorrectly programmed, and possibly in violation of guidelines.

“The board also noted Uber failing to program their car to be aware of jaywalking of pedestrians. Additionally, the ride share company also shut off their cars’ emergency brakes and programmed it to pause one second before applying its emergency brakes.”

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