Uber Announced, its autonomous vehicles are now safer.
Last march, Uber run its self-driving cars on public roads, but due to a terrible accident, the first known pedestrian death caused by a vehicle in its autonomous mode. After that, Uber’s self-driving program is trapped into the enquiry of lawmakers, local police and also federal investigators.
On Thursday, Uber’s autonomous cars will resume on-road testing at Pittsburgh, Uber declared in its statement, a move that follows approval from Pennsylvania’s Department of Transportation for Uber to test the vehicles on state roads. Pittsburgh was the first city to approve Uber’s self-driving cars and is place to headquarter Uber’s autonomous-vehicle.
Eric Meyhofer, head of Uber’s autonomous-vehicle program, said in his statement on Thursday “Over from the past nine months, we’ve made safety core to everything we do,” This required a lot of introspection and took some time and now we are ready to move forward.
Company will also bringing self-driving cars back on the roads of San Francisco and Toronto, for now these vehicles won’t be operating in complete autonomous mode yet. Instead, they’ll come with two human drivers who’ll maintain control of the cars at all times.
Uber has been operating same autonomous cars in the manual mode at Pittsburgh since July. In This type of driving the cars’ systems to map city streets and its helps to ready the vehicles for open road.
The fatal March accident was an pedestrian to Uber’s self-driving-vehicle program and raised questions about whether the Uber could keep it on and running. Since then, Uber has terminated its self-driving car operators in Arizona and Pittsburgh, where the crash occurred, and stepped back all its nearly 300 vehicles test drivers in that state. It’s turned off another 100 test drivers in Pittsburgh.
The Crash was happened on a Sunday night in Tempe at Arizona. Recording of video from thedashboard cameras of car captured the crash. One video recorded the futtege of ride-along safety driver sitting at the wheel constantly glancing down at her smartphone in her lap. She looks up just as the car collides with Herzberg. and another futtage shows the pedestrian, Elaine Herzberg, walking her red bike across a dark road at the moment of impact.
The working on the full report about what went in fault is still under Federal investigators, although they’ve released some preliminaries information. Which shows one of the causes of the accident may have been due to the automatic emergency braking system was disabled. So even though the car “saw” Herzberg six seconds before the crash, it failed to apply the brakes.
The automated emergency braking system on all its autonomous-driving cars will be activated at all times going forward. It is working on its autonomous vehicles with Volvo, which built the car involved in the crash, company said.
Uber also said thay it’ll have two safety drivers at the wheel of all cars. These drivers will be tracked to ensure they’re actively monitoring the vehicle. Also Uber’s autonomous vehicles will no longer carry passengers, as they where in the past. They will operate only during daylight hours on weekdays.