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Autonomous vehicles: No driver…no regulation?

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Science  06 Jul 2018:
Vol. 361, Issue 6397, pp. 36-37
DOI: 10.1126/science.aau2715


  • Uber self-driving system data playback from the fatal, 18 March 2018, crash of an Uber Technologies, Inc., test vehicle in Tempe, Arizona. Yellow lines show meters ahead of the vehicle. According to the NTSB preliminary report (https://goo.gl/2C6ZCH), although the pedestrian pushing a bicycle was first detected 6 s before the crash, she was categorized by the self-driving system as an unknown object, as a vehicle, and then as a bicycle. At 1.3 s before impact, the self-driving system determined that emergency braking was needed. However, the automatic braking system was not enabled, and no alert was provided to the driver who was supposed to be monitoring the system.