Published: Tue, May 08, 2018
Markets | By Noel Gibbs

Software error led to fatal crash with pedestrian, report says

Software error led to fatal crash with pedestrian, report says

Herzberg was crossing the street with a bicycle when she was hit.

This position is in contrast to Tesla's relationship with the NTSB, which removed Tesla as a party to an investigation into a crash involving one of its Autopilot-equipped vehicles after company CEO Elon Musk publically released information related to the probe.

The NTSB is expected to issue a preliminary report on the Arizona Uber crash in the coming weeks.

The vehicle was going 38 miles per hour in a 35 miles per hour zone and didn't swerve or slow down as it approached Herzberg, according to the police report from the time.

The outlet said the car's sensors detected the pedestrian but the software decided it did not need to react right away.

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Why would Uber tune the software to ignore items moving across the road?

A few days after the accident, USA Today published a story quoting Raj Rajkumar, an expert on self-driving cars from Carnegie-Mellon University. Uber's perspective has been that a self-driving auto prototype that constantly slams the brakes and comes to hard stops is also risky.

"In this case, Uber executives believe the company's system was tuned so that it reacted less to such objects". But the tuning went too far, and the vehicle didn't react fast enough, one of these people said.

According to a report from The Information, the blame for the unfortunate accident might lie squarely on Uber's shoulders.

The company said it was looking at its self-driving program.

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An autonomous vehicle operated by Uber that struck and killed a pedestrian in March was programmed to ignore her, a new report says.

As it worked toward the goal, the article states, Uber programmed its vehicles to react less vigorously to obstacles in the road deemed "false positives" so that passengers would have a smoother ride.

"We're actively cooperating with the NTSB in their investigation".

"We have initiated a top-to-bottom safety review of our self-driving vehicles program, and we have brought on former NTSB Chair Christopher Hart to advise us on our overall safety culture", Uber said.

Uber Technologies Inc on Monday said it has hired a former US regulator to advise the company on safety, but would not confirm a technology website's report that a software flaw was responsible for a fatal accident involving one of its self-driving cars in March.

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