Uber to Test Self Driving Cars on Public Roads

Just after the eight months of its autonomous test vehicles killed and hit in the Arizona people, now Uber wants to resume testing on the roads. The company has now filed an application on with the Pennsylvania transportation department to test in, and it also has now raised an issue for a lengthy safety report pledging to put two human backup drivers in each of the vehicles and take a raft of some of the other precautions to make the vehicles much safe.

The company officials now have acknowledged that they have a long way to go any of the public trust just after the March 18 crash in the Temple, Arizona which has killed people. Police revealed that the uber-backup driver in the autonomous Volvo SUV was streaming the television show “The Voice” on her phone and looking in a downward position before the crash. The National Safety Board said that the autonomous driving system on the Volvo has also spotted the Herzberg about the six seconds before hitting her, but did not stop because the system is used to automatically apply the brakes in the potentially dangerous situation which has been disabled.

“Our goal is to work to regain that trust and to work to help move the entire industry forward,” Noah Zych, Uber’s head of system safety for self-driving cars, said in an interview. “We think the right thing to do is to be open and transparent about the things that we are doing.”

Moreover, Uber is also now requiring some of the more technical expertise and training of the employees which sitting behind the wheels of the vehicles according to the report which the company has released on Friday. The report came into the news after the company shut down its autonomous vehicle testing to do an interview review of its safety procedure, as well as an outside review with the help of a risk management firm LeClairRyan

Although the report covered all the main bases, Uber should have gone even further given its self-driving car killed Herzberg, said Bryant Walker Smith, an assistant law professor at the University of South Carolina who has been studying the issues affecting autonomous vehicles. In its most glaring omission, Uber didn’t accept responsibility for Herzberg’s death — the first involving a fully autonomous vehicle, he said. “Frankly, I’m looking for more from Uber than from other companies, and I suspect that governments may be as well,” Walker-Smith said.

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