It has been a bad few weeks for Uber as the transportation company lost several executives in recent weeks, including their former president Jeff Jones, most of whom resigned. But the latest blow came when they were forced to pull their self-driving vehicles after one of them was involved in an accident that left the car on its side.
Self-driving cars have had a statistically stellar driving record except for one exception; they don’t do well with human error.
When the other drivers and pedestrians on the roadways behave as they should the cars handle driving themselves rather well. But every accident recorded involved a person doing what they shouldn’t. In this case of the Uber car on it’s side it was the other vehicle failing to yield which caused the accident.
BREAKING: Self-driving Uber vehicle on it’s side after a collision in Tempe, AZ.
— Fresco News (@fresconews) March 25, 2017
Computers and programmers are still having trouble accounting for people making mistakes.
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