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Uber crash emergency brake “disabled”

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It seems like the fatal crash involving a self-driving Uber in Arizona last March involved a vehicle in which its emergency braking system was disabled.

The Guardian reports that the preliminary report, issued by the National Transportation Safety Board, said that while the vehicle’s guidance system had spotted the woman about six seconds before hitting her, emergency braking manoeuvres were not enabled in order to “reduce the potential for erratic vehicle behaviour”.

Instead, the report says, the Uber system anticipated that the human back-up driver would intervene. However, the automated system was not designed to alert the driver of the impending danger.

But it adds that the driver began to steer less than a second before 49-year-old Elaine Herzberg was hit, and that the vehicle’s brakes were not applied until after the fatal impact.


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