If you’ve squander enough time with the people improving self-driving vehicles, you’ll know they’ve seen this coming for a while. No material how good the tech , no matter how much better than humans it might be–eventually, everyone agreed, someone would be killed.

Still, when a self-driving Uber struck and killed a 49 -year-old woman named Elaine Herzberg in Tempe, Arizona, on Sunday, it seemed horrid. Video released by the Tempe Police Department this week doesn’t tell the whole story, but expresses something went wrong with Uber’s tech. And it creates a whole lot of fresh doubts.

Will this set back the industry? Ramp up calls for regulation? Force companies to rethink the space they use the safety motorists who monitor the vehicles on public roads? Launch a much-needed national talk on how to make all streets safer, regardless of what’s driving on them? Now we wait.

There were neat circumstances the coming week, too. For speciman: Elderly writer Jack Stewart got to test drive the Tesla Model 3( and mash himself inside its surprisingly roomy trunk ). Let’s get you caught up.


Stories you might have missed from WIRED this week

After an Uber self-driving car killed a woman in Arizona last weekend, we wondered how it would affect the future of the technology’s growing. Then, the video demo the gate-crash came out. Why wasn’t the tech functioning the behavior it should? There are more themes than answers.

A related question: Why are pedestrian demises on the increase in the US? Contributor Nick Stockton talks to investigates scrambling to figure out what’s going well, and probes their hypothesis: smartphones.

In other grim news, a pedestrian bridge collapsed in Florida last week, humiliating various gondolas on the road below and killing six beings. In the consequence, lots of digits objected at the “Accelerated Bridge Construction” technique utilized here. But, I report, ABC is nothing new–it’s been used for decades, to build bridges all over the world.

This week, Tesla’s stockholders approved a new compensation package for CEO Elon Musk, making sure this is the only way get paid if he stumbles a series of hugely ambitious revenue and profitability objectives. Alex covered the spate when it was firstly proposed in January, and explains how the crazy-sounding hope is less a bet on Tesla than it is on Musk as the man who can navigate a rapidly changing auto industry.

Jack spent a few daylights with Tesla’s Model 3, subjecting it to repugnances like life in Los Angeles traffic, desert intersects, and mountain climbs. Apart from the occasional defect, he affection the car. Now, Elon Musk only has to figure out how to build enough of the damn things to move everyone else as happy.


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