Uber Not Criminally Liable in Death of Woman Hit by Self-Driving Car, Prosecutors Say

March 6, 2019

(NPR) – In the six seconds before impact, the self-driving system classified the pedestrian as an unknown object, then as a vehicle, and then as a bicycle, a preliminary report from the National Transportation Safety Board explained. While the system identified that an emergency braking maneuver was needed to mitigate a collision, the system was set up to not activate emergency braking when under computer control. Instead, the car’s system relied on the human operator to intervene as needed. “The system is not designed to alert the operator,” the report notes. The driver swerved less than a second before the crash and did not brake until after impact.

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