An Uber self-driving test vehicle that struck and killed an Arizona woman in 2018 had software flaws, according to a United States agency's report which also reveals the company's autonomous test vehicles were involved in multiple crashes in the 18 months prior to the incident. Within two weeks, reports the NTSB's full report on the crash of march 18, 2018, in the Us, the Tempe, Arizona, a 49-year-old woman was killed when she was in the dark, the road had crossed at a place where there is no transition was made. The NTSB will be meeting on November 19 to determine the cause of the accident that occurred in Arizona in March of 2018. "In the wake of this tragedy, the team at Uber ATG has adopted critical program improvements to further prioritize safety".
The case is being closely watched in the emerging industry of self-driving vehicles, a technology that has attracted billions of dollars in investment from companies such as General Motors Co. and Alphabet Inc.in an attempt to transform transportation. Before that crash, Gov. Doug Ducey, a Republican, said he welcomed Uber's self-driving cars "with open arms and wide open roads" while criticizing California for stifling such testing with "more bureaucracy and more regulation". "I think they were playing fast and loose with people's lives, and Elaine Hertzberg has paid the price".
According to the NTSB investigation, Uber's algorithms didn't even realize that it might collide with Herzberg until 1.2 seconds prior to impact.
More surprisingly, the NTSB said Uber's system design "did not include a consideration for jaywalking pedestrians".
The Arizona accident further led to important safety concerns about the self-driving auto industry which is working towards getting the self-driving vehicle into commercial use. But the system changed its classification of her as different objects several times and failed to predict that her path would cross the lane of self-driving test SUV, according to the NTSB.
With the investigation ongoing, Uber declined to comment on the contents of the NTSB report. In July, police in Tempe closed a street to conduct a lighting test as it investigated whether the Uber safety driver who was behind the wheel and supposed to respond in the event of an emergency should face criminal charges. "We value the thoroughness of the NTSB's investigation into the crash", the firm said. "The data also showed that all aspects of the self-driving system were operating normally at the time of the crash and that there were no faults or diagnostic messages". "This is a 1-second period for the duration of which the [automated driving system] suppresses prepared braking even though the method verifies the mother nature of the detected hazard and calculates an alternate path, or auto operator takes manage of the vehicle or truck". "Sometimes the vehicle would swerve towards a bicycle, but it would always react in some way".
Uber has since discontinued that function as part of its software update. In order to cope with long shifts and overnight hours, drivers are required to take a 20-40 minute break after a maximum of four hours driving, documents say, and the company also recommends breaks every two hours.