Linked – Report: Software bug led to death in Uber’s self-driving crash

Oh this is not going to sit well with all of the people who simply don’t trust the basic idea of self-driving cars.

“The fatal crash that killed pedestrian Elaine Herzberg in Tempe, Arizona, in March occurred because of a software bug in Uber’s self-driving car technology, The Information’s Amir Efrati reported on Monday. According to two anonymous sources who talked to Efrati, Uber’s sensors did, in fact, detect Herzberg as she crossed the street with her bicycle. Unfortunately, the software classified her as a “false positive” and decided it didn’t need to stop for her.”

You’re going to need to be a lot better than that, though the article does point out that setting it to stop for every object it detects would make for a very slow, jerky, ride.

There’s still work to be done here.


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