Uber is reportedly “not criminally liable” for a self-driving car crash in 2018, which killed a pedestrian after the car’s transgender felon “back-up driver” was watching a television show on a phone instead of paying attention to the road. According to Reuters, prosecutors ruled that Uber “is not criminally liable” for the fatal crash, and that the car’s transgender back-up driver, convicted felon Rafaela Vasquez, “should be referred to the Tempe police for additional investigation.”The woman who was hit by the car died from her injuries in a local hospital, which prompted the company’s self-driving car tests to be halted. Vasquez was found to have been streaming The Voice on Hulu from her phone instead of focusing on the road just before the crash. According to the Daily Mail, Vasquez “had two felony convictions when he was hired by Uber for its self-driving car trials in the Phoenix, Arizona, … [Read more...] about Report: Uber ‘Not Criminally Liable’ for Fatal Self-Driving Car Crash
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Tom Krisher, Ap Auto Writer Updated 9:04 am PDT, Friday, November 2, 2018 FILE - This file photo provided by the Tempe Police Department shows an Uber SUV after hitting a woman on March 18, 2018, in Tempe, Ariz. Nearly eight months after one of its autonomous test vehicles hit and killed an Arizona pedestrian, Uber wants to resume testing on public roads. The company has filed an application with the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation to test in Pittsburgh, and it has issued a lengthy safety report pledging to put two human backup drivers in each vehicle and take a raft of other precautions to make the vehicles safe. Company officials acknowledge they have a long way to go to regain public trust after the March 18 crash in Tempe, Arizona, that killed Elaine Herzberg, as she crossed a darkened road outside the lines of a crosswalk. (Tempe Police Department via AP, File) less FILE - This file photo provided by the Tempe Police Department shows an Uber SUV after … [Read more...] about Uber wants to resume self-driving car tests on public roads
Carolyn Y. Johnson, The Washington Post Published 10:31 am PDT, Wednesday, October 24, 2018 Imagine this scenario: the brakes fail on a self-driving car as it hurtles toward a busy crosswalk. A homeless person and a criminal are crossing in front of the car. Two cats are in the opposing lane. Should the car swerve to mow down the cats or plow into two people? It's a relatively straightforward ethical dilemma, as moral quandaries go. And people overwhelmingly prefer to save human lives over animals, according to a massive new ethics study that asked people how a self-driving car should respond when faced with a variety of extreme trade-offs - dilemmas to which more than 2 million people responded. But what if the choice is between two elderly people and a pregnant woman? An athletic person or someone who is obese? Passengers vs. pedestrians? The study, published in Nature, identified a few preferences that were strongest: People opt to save people over pets, to spare the … [Read more...] about Self-driving cars will have to decide who should live and who should die. Here’s who humans would kill.
Oct 05, 12:40 AM EDT Newsletter Signup BusinessTechnologyWorldNationalMedia & CultureOpinionSportsLuxury National By David Shepardson 10/04/18 AT 11:35 PM The Trump administration is moving ahead with plans to revise safety rules that bar fully self-driving cars from the roads without equipment such as steering wheels, pedals and mirrors, according to a document made public on Thursday.The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) "intends to reconsider the necessity and appropriateness of its current safety standards" as applied to automated vehicles, the U.S. Department of Transportation said in an 80-page update of its principles dubbed "Automated Vehicles 3.0."The department, as reported by Reuters earlier on Thursday, disclosed that the NHTSA wants comment "on proposed changes to particular safety standards to accommodate automated vehicle technologies and the possibility of setting exceptions to certain standards that are relevant only when human drivers … [Read more...] about US Plans To Rewrite Rules That Impede Self-Driving Cars
Esha Dey Bloomberg Published 2:40 PM EDT Oct 4, 2018 The market euphoria triggered Monday by Tesla Inc. CEO Elon Musk’s weekend settlement with the Securities and Exchange Commission is quickly fading. After a sharp 17 percent gain following news that Musk will stay on as CEO at Tesla while relinquishing the chairman’s role, shares of the electric carmaker have fallen nearly 10 percent in three sessions. They’re down as much as 5.8 percent today, and the strides made by traditional automakers this week in the race to develop self-driving cars probably isn’t helping investor sentiment. On Wednesday, General Motors Co. – widely regarded as one of the leaders in autonomous vehicles (AV) – won another vote of confidence when Honda Motor Co. invested $2.75 billion in its self-driving Cruise unit. That was followed by a major partnership between Japan’s SoftBank Group Corp. and Toyota Motor Corp., which will develop and deploy ride-hailing and … [Read more...] about Tesla shares slow as peers push self-driving cars