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Uber AV knew it had to brake for pedestrian, but did not

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236 Rider Driver
 Posted 4 years, 6 months ago

Uber had turned off the automatic braking system in the car. TURNED. IT. OFF. What were they thinking???

Among the findings, investigators say the vehicle decided it needed to brake 1.3 seconds before striking a pedestrian, but Uber had previously disabled the Volvo’s automatic emergency braking system in order to prevent erratic driving.

...And there is no mention of the vehicle’s software being tuned in such a way to register Herzberg as a “false positive,” as recently reported by The Information. To the contrary, the agency said that Uber’s system appeared to be working just fine.



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     4 years ago

    The thing about computers is... garbage in, garbage out. They can call it "artificial intelligence" all they want, but it's not. As long as a human can turn off a critical part of the software, there is nothing "intelligent" about it. It's only as smart as the humans who write the software and operate it.

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    756 Rider Guru
     4 years ago  (edited 4 years ago)

    Look at this overhead shot of where it happened. Is it weird that there are pedestrian walkways in the median, but no crosswalks? What is going on there?

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      60 Rider
       4 years ago

      I have never seen anything like this. File under "dumb city engineering"

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      172 Rider
       4 years ago

      Yeah that's really weird. You can't even get to that median without crossing a busy road, with no crosswalk.

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     4 years ago

    SMH this is ridiculous. That poor womens family.