Monday, 6 December 2021

Uber’s self-driving car might have ‘decided’ to ignore passerby in accident


LONDON: Back in March, ride-hailing company Uber’s self-driving car was involved in a fatal car crash in Arizona, killing a pedestrian. New reports show that this crash happened because the car ‘decided’ not to swerve to prevent the crash.

Sources told The Information, that the self-driving car’s accident occurred due to a software fault set up to ignore the objects on the road. The report informs that the vehicle’s software reportedly ‘decided’ not to take evasive action and flagged the detection as a ‘false positive’ leading to the crash. It ‘saw’ the woman but decided that ‘it didn’t need to react right away’.

As per the report, the reason why a system would act in such a way is because sometimes there are situations where computers powering autonomous car might see something it believes does not pose threat to such a cardboard piece. Uber reportedly set that threshold so low that the system saw a person crossing the road with a bicycle and thought that immediate action wasn’t required.

While the car contained a safety driver on board who is supposed to tackle such situations, he was apparently seen looking down during the crash in the released footage, reported The Verge.

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