Uber wants to restart tests with autonomous car
Ride-hailing company, Uber, has announced it wants to restart tests with self-riding cars. The company didn’t mention when precisely but it already asked the American state of Pennsylvania’s permission for the tests. Uber stopped its tests on public roads in March after a fatal accident in the state of Arizona, killing a female pedestrian crossing the road. It was the first accident ever with a self-driving car.
Emergency braking system
Extra safety measures will be taken for the new tests: there will be two specially trained people on board for safety reasons and an emergency braking system will be activated, which wasn’t the case when the accident happened.
At the time of the fatal accident in Arizona, there was a lack of safety measures. According to the police, the woman at the steering wheel was distracted by her smartphone when the car hit a pedestrian. Apparently the car had detected the pedestrian but it didn’t react either.
Software is improved
Internal research showed that the used software failed. “The car can detect objects at an earlier stage now and its responsiveness is better”, explains Uber.
Also other companies are working on the development of the self-driving car. Waymo, for instance, part of Google’s parent company, Alphabet, and car manufacturers, like General Motors and Ford, are testing self-driving cars.