Uber’s Fatal Flaws Require Transparency

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2Q 2018 | IN-5081


Multiple Points of Failure


A pedestrian was struck and killed by an Uber self-driving car operating in autonomous mode, despite massive investments and an original equipment manufacturer (OEM) with a long history and focus on safety. The failures likely include issues with hardware, software, and human intervention through the “safety driver.” The company suspended its autonomous operations there, as well as those in Toronto, San Francisco, and Pittsburgh.

Questions remain regarding the technologies’ settings, defects, redundancies, and ethical programming, as well as driver training and monitoring. This was the second accident that an Uber self-driving car was involved in during the last year in Tempe. The first accident came about a month after launch and was attributed to another vehicle’s failure to yield, resulting in a short-term hold for the pilot.

Investigating and Reporting on the Technology


Where did the technology fail, who will know, and how will regulators and impacted citizens gain dat…

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