One year after a self-driving Uber struck and killed an Arizona woman, the industry is taking a more circumspect approach to the tech —including tamping down its predictions about when and where it will show up.
1 Year After Uber’s Fatal Crash, Robocars Carry On Quietly In the year since an Uber self-driving SUV killed pedestrian Elaine Herzberg, talk around autonomy has shifted to hushed tones, with an emphasis on safety.
The solution, then, is twofold: Boeing started by warning airlines that the MAX’s angle of attack sensors had malfunctioned before, that such a failure could lead the MCAS to push the plane’s nose down, and that pilots could safely defuse the problem by cutting off the trim system and working the plane manually.
“The FAA looks at all of this information and decides, ‘OK, if it’s just likely that there's a significant problem here, it doesn’t matter what the cost to the traveling public is—we have to put safety first and ground this aircraft,’” Balog says.
The company fired its safety drivers in that state and has no plans to return.The relaunch comes amid reports of neglect in Uber’s self-driving team in the months leading up to the fatal Tempe crash.
Putting Airbags Outside the Car Could Make Crashes Way SaferWhen ZF first studied the idea of an "external side airbag," it found that reducing the intrusion of one car into the other by a bit more than an inch could seriously improve the chances of passengers avoiding serious injury or death.Robert Hoetink/AlamyCrash a new car today, and you might be surprised by how many airbags spring to your defense.
Waymo Drops the Driver, Plus More This Week in the Future of CarsThe all-electric eCOPO Camaro concept should run the quarter mile in the 9-second range, which just might be fast enough to get Vin Diesel to change his name to Vin Voltage.ChevroletIt was sneakily a big week for driverless cars.
Ten years on from the financial crisis, the sustainability of the planet is at stake – markets cannot survive without morality That post-crash principle should be this: in a century in which the sustainability of the planet is at stake, markets cannot survive without morality.