Uber had become a part of a huge investigation and its consequences after its self-driving SUV had hit one of the pedestrians and killed her, in Arizona. Following this incident, Uber had decided to close its operations in Arizona and revive them at Pittsburgh. However, the latest information from federal investigation proves that the self-driving vehicle had indeed seen the driver but did not use breaks. It was because the Emergency Breaking system — which is used to stop the vehicle before a dangerous incident occurs — was disabled by the company. It has made things even worse, but the investigation findings are not final.
According to what the federal investigators and NTSB investigators have said, Uber’s self-driving system does not take help from the emergency breaking part. On the other hand, if something happens, the human has the duty to intervene and take the necessary action. However, the problem is that the Uber system does not alert the human counterpart either. In this case, the SUV had detected the presence of the cyclist and did not alert the driver. Before the driver could take the right decision, the crash had happened, killing the 49-year-old resident of Arizona. This will surely put Uber under further inspection, which is expected to resume the testing at Pittsburgh and other places.
The issue also notes the inefficiency of the breaking system. It has been noted by experts that if the vehicle’s innate breaking system — designed by Volvo — was enabled, the crash would not have happened. However, Uber had disabled this system as well, so that the vehicle is better controlled by Uber’s autonomous engine. According to sensor data, the SUV had a speed of 43mph and should have used the break earlier. A diagnosis done by NTSB says that the vehicle was functioning perfectly and the sensors were also effective.