Uber wasn’t to blame for robo-ride crash – or was it? Witness said car tried to ‘beat the lights’ • The Register

A police report appears to support the claim that Uber was not to blame for a recent crash of its self-driving car in Tempe, Arizona. But the incident raises serious questions about what rules the startup’s engineers are putting into the car’s software.

The report – made available Wednesday – states that the Uber Volvo SUV was hit as it crossed an intersection by an oncoming car that was turning left. The impact turned the Uber on its side. The Uber car was going under the speed limit – 38 in a 40MPH zone – but visibility was limited, according to witnesses, due to traffic.

The woman driving the car that hit it, Alexandra Cole in a Honda SUV, stated that the Uber came “flying through the intersection.”

 

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Mike Rawson

Mike Rawson has recently re-awoken a long-standing interest in robots and our automated future.

He lives in London with a single android – a temperamental vacuum cleaner – but is looking forward to getting more cyborgs soon.

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