The Wall Street Journal reports this: The investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board found out that the Uber autonomous vehicle involved in the March 18th fatal accident was not set up to stop in an emergency.
One wonders if the programming had covered that possibility if the pedestrian run down would be alive today.
It is irrelevant that she had drugs in her system at the time, of course. All that is relevant is that she has become Everywoman and Everyman vulnerable to whatever those tech geniuses want to put out there. We too could die in the name of breakthrough technical progress.
In terms of public opinion, Uber's recklessness has generated a setback for all autonomous vehicles. If a car can mow down someone crossing the street, then the trucks could do far worse damage. It had been predicted that the driverless truck would be in commercial use before the car.
In tech we don't trust.
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