Business, Technology, Autonomous

Uber Disabled Volvo’s Safety System Before Fatality, Aptiv Says

Self-driving Uber fatality in Arizona Scene of a fatal accident March 18 in Tempe, Ariz., involving a pedestrian walking a bicycle and a self-driving Uber. ( via AP)

Uber Technologies Inc. disabled the standard collision-avoidance technology in the Volvo SUV that struck and killed a woman in Arizona March 18, according to the auto-parts maker that supplied the vehicle’s radar and camera.

Gabrielle Coppola and Ian King | Bloomberg News
March 27, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Safety, Autonomous

Arizona Suspends Uber’s Autonomous Vehicle Testing

An autonomous Volvo used by Uber An example of an autonomous Volvo being tested by Uber. (Gene J. Puskar/Associated Press)

Arizona ordered Uber Technologies Inc. to stop operating autonomous vehicles on the state’s roads indefinitely after the death of a pedestrian there a week ago.

Eric Newcomer | Bloomberg News
March 26, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Autonomous, TCA

Waymo CEO Krafcik Has ‘A Lot of Confidence’ His Tech Would Have Avoided Deadly Uber Accident


In a pioneering self-driving car company’s first public comments on the Uber autonomous car accident March 18 that killed an Arizona woman, Waymo CEO John Krafcik said his tech could “handle” that very scenario.

Marco della Cava | USA Today
March 26, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Autonomous

Senate Bill Could Clean Up Patchwork Autonomous Vehicle Laws

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The companies and officials influencing the development of self-driving technology offered a wide variety of reactions to the death of a pedestrian struck by an Uber autonomous vehicle March 18.

Brad Stone | Bloomberg News
March 26, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Autonomous, TCA

San Francisco Mayor Says Driverless Cars Are ‘Future of the Streets’

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Days after a fatal self-driving-car collision in Arizona, six makers of driverless vehicles came to San Francisco on March 22 to demonstrate their technology — and emphasize its safety features — to city leaders and public-safety officers.

Carolyn Said | San Francisco Chronicle
March 23, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Autonomous

After Uber Crash, Florida Still Welcomes Free-Range Robot Cars

Ford has chosen Miami-Dade to be the first large-scale test site of its self-driving vehicle fleet. (Ford)

The anything-goes approach meant to bring autonomous vehicles to Florida won’t change after the first fatal collision.

David Welch | Bloomberg News
March 23, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Autonomous, Editorial

Editorial: A Proper Pause for Safety’s Sake

The decision by Uber to halt testing of its autonomous trucks in the wake of a fatal accident involving one of its pilot autonomous cars was a prudent move, and one that demonstrates how the relentless pace of technological innovation sometimes needs a pause.

Transport Topics
March 22, 2018
Government, Business, Logistics, Autonomous

PHMSA Requests Input on Transporting Hazardous Materials With Automated Technologies


The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration has requested information on the use of automated technologies in the transportation of hazardous materials, according to a document published in the Federal Register March 22.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
March 22, 2018
Business, Technology, Autonomous, TCA

Video From Self-Driving Uber Car Captures First Fatal Collision

Dashcam video from inside Uber A still photo from a dashcam video taken inside a self-driving Uber vehicle shows pedestrian appearing suddenly in a dark roadway moments before the collision. (Tempe, Ariz., police department via AP)

Police in Tempe, Ariz., on March 21 released dashcam videos of the fatal accident March 18 in which an Uber car operating in autonomous mode struck and killed a pedestrian, showing the car did not slow down or alter its course to avoid her.

Carolyn Said | San Francisco Chronicle
March 21, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Autonomous

Trump Infrastructure Proposal Could Fund Self-Driving Truck Lanes, DOT Official Says


Projects aimed at building dedicated lanes for self-driving trucks would qualify for funds under President Donald Trump’s infrastructure proposal unveiled last month, a top federal transportation official said March 16.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
March 20, 2018