Uber's driverless cars said to lag behind competitors



Along with the Uber SUV, the bike of 49-year-old Elaine Herzberg also was used in the test.

The cars were having trouble driving through construction zones and next to tall vehicles, like big rigs.

And when that video was paired with footage from inside the vehicle showing the backup driver not watching the road in the moments before the crash, the problem turned even uglier for Uber.

Thune, who chairs the science committee, said in a statement Thursday that the crash underscores the need to adopt laws and policies tailored to self-driving vehicles.

"As of March, Uber was struggling to meet its target of 13 miles per "intervention" in Arizona, according to 100 pages of company documents obtained by The New York Times and two people familiar with the company's operations in the Phoenix area but not permitted to speak publicly about it".

Police said it was a brake test and a visibility test.

A driverless Uber auto, which hit and killed a woman in the United States earlier this week, has put the safety of autonomous vehicles under the spotlight, and is prompting reflection in Taiwan as it pushes for smart vehicle development, with local stakeholders agreeing that the new form of transportation should be introduced under a more controlled environment.

"There are more unexpected traffic scenarios in Taiwan than in the USA, which is why we need to establish a more controlled environment for driverless cars", he said.

In California, the drivers must have completed a test driver training program by the company they work for, not have any at-fault collisions resulting in injury or death on their driving record and be clean of any citations for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs in the past decade.

Futures lower ahead of Fed meeting
Fears of a trade war have also weighed on commodity prices, though tensions in the Middle East supported oil prices on Wednesday. As a result shares in soybean exporter Archer-Daniels ( ADM.N ) fell 1 percent and Bunge ( BG.N ) dropped 0.7 percent.

Uber says miles per intervention isn't a measure of the overall safety of its autonomous vehicle testing operations, but rather a way to track the system's improvement.

Uber grounded all of its test vehicles while the USA transportation officials investigate the crash.

The crash, which occurred Sunday night, was a major setback for Uber, which has been trying to improve its image since Khosrowshahi replaced Travis Kalanick as the company's chief executive in a messy transfer of power in August. He has touted Arizona's few regulations in his efforts to lure the companies to Arizona from California.

"We're heartbroken by what happened this week, and our cars remain grounded", the Uber spokeswoman said. We will provide updated information regarding the investigation once it is available. One shows the outside view while other shows the car's interior.

"With autonomy, the edge cases kill you, so you've got to build out for all the edge cases", Khosrowshahi said at a conference in November.

An Uber spokesman told the Times that miles-per-intervention was not a safety measurement but instead a rate of system improvement and it could depend on how and where vehicles were operating.

This isn't the first time Uber has had to defend its background checks.

Job boards are filled with listings for safety drivers.

Recommended News

We are pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news.
Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper.
Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.