Continuing every week-plus of embarrassments and bad news for Uber, the New York Times on Friday reported that visitors violations by the corporate’s self-driving automobiles have been brought on by issues with the automobiles’ mapping packages, and never, as the corporate had beforehand claimed, by human error.
The information got here from two nameless staff who spoke to the Times, and from inner paperwork. The mapping program failed to identify not only one pink mild, however at the least six.
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After video of one of many violations surfaced in December, the corporate not solely blamed and suspended the human monitoring the system, however doubled down. The supposedly human-brought about pink-mild violation, they stated, “is why we believe so much in making the roads safer by building self-driving Ubers.”
And whereas operating pink lights was probably the most egregious drawback with the automobiles, they have been additionally unable to safely navigate bike lanes.
Worse nonetheless, the apparently flawed system was deployed towards explicit demands by California state regulators that they stop operations. Uber argued that the principles merely didn’t apply to them.
Uber withdrew its self-driving automobiles from San Francisco a week later, after the California DMV revoked the automobiles’ registrations.
We have reached out to the corporate for any response to the Times’ report and can replace this story as wanted.