One of Uber’s self-driving cars killed a pedestrian crossing the road at night because its emergency braking systems were turned off, according to an investigation by the US government's National Transport Safety Board, “The register” reports.
The watchdog's four-page report released on Thursday is a grave reminder that today's autonomous vehicles are helpless at crucial moments, and still require "attentive human operators." In March, one of Uber’s computer-controlled Volvo XC90 vehicles, while in self-driving mode, hit a 49-year-old woman pushing her bike across a road in Tempe, Arizona. The crash killed her. The human driver was unhurt.