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.
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