Most companies, including Zoox Inc and Argo AI, have two people in the auto at all times: One ready to take the wheel and the other monitoring code.
Martyn Thomas CBE, professor of information technology at Gresham College and fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering concludes from now available information that "we don't know what happened but quite clearly the technology was not fit for purpose".
The comments contrast with those made by the Tempe police chief, who told multiple media outlets that the pedestrian moved suddenly in front of the vehicle and the crash didn't seem preventable after reviewing footage of the collision. The woman appears to be jaywalking as she is not in a crosswalk. The driver also did not intervene. The crash is under investigation.
Uber immediately suspended all testing of self-driving vehicles following the accident, and the National Transportation Safety Board dispatched a team to investigate the accident, reported The Verge. An Uber spokesperson confirmed Friday all testing is still paused following the crash.
This isn't the first time Uber has had to defend its background checks. It's a fairly tiresome job most of the time. The CEO was expected to visit Arizona next month to take a ride in one of the company's driverless cars, but that trip has been canceled due to scheduling, according to the Times. The visit was scraped before the crash.
Ashraf Gaffar, an assistant professor at the University who focuses in both human/car and human/robot interaction, said self-driving cars must calculate for millions of possible scenarios. They are charged the normal Uber X fare and can decline the self-driving experience if they want a human to do the driving, the company said. GM's Cruise went 1,200 miles per intervention also in California.
Google has actually been testing Level 4 vehicles in Phoenix since last October, where there is no one behind the steering wheel, but it's limited as to where it can drive.
In a marketing video issued in October 2017, Uber boasted of its rigorous operator training and the safety capabilities of its vehicles. Previously, a second operator had sat on the passenger side collecting feedback into a laptop. Behind the wheel was the driver, but to react to the appearance of women on the road he couldn't. He's one of hundreds of vehicle operators who've passed test after test in the classroom and out on the track. "This crash may get companies to take a look at how these safety drivers are trained". Those drivers were expected to pay more attention to little details, often taking control to prevent a "bad experience" like hard braking, according to a company document.
Neither Uber nor the police have come forward with an explanation of what happened in this instance. Waymo still uses two test drivers when it is adding new systems or moving to a new location. We are fully cooperating with authorities and investigations of this incident'.