Uber Fatal Crash Highlights Need for Safety System Independence

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2Q 2018 | IN-5153


Uber Preliminary Report Released 


In March 2018, an experimental Uber autonomous vehicle struck and killed a pedestrian in Arizona. This was the first fatal accident of its kind and it sent shockwaves through the automotive market, resulting in mass speculation about the cause and some companies suspending their autonomous vehicle trials as a precaution.

The crash led the National Transportation Safety Board, (NTSB) to send a team to Arizona to investigate the fatal collision, and on May 24th, a preliminary report into the crash investigation was released. 

Multiple Points of Failure


So, what does the preliminary report say? And what does this mean moving forward? The key takeaways from the report are:

  • An object was detected 6 seconds prior to crash. At a speed of 43 mph (19.22 m/s), detection of an object 6 seconds prior to crash would suggest that the object was detected at around 115 m prior to crash. The first question we must ask is, is this adequate? Most Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) sugg…

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