Emergency brake was disabled on self-driving Uber that killed woman

By | May 24, 2018

Federal investigation finds emergency braking system was not enabled in SUV that hit Arizona pedestrian

A federal investigation into a self-driving Uber SUV that hit and killed a pedestrian in March has found that the vehicle’s emergency braking system was disabled.

The preliminary report, issued by the National Transportation Safety Board, said on Thursday that while the vehicle’s guidance system had spotted the woman about six seconds before hitting her, emergency braking manoeuvres were not enabled in order to “reduce the potential for erratic vehicle behavior”.

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