After a fatal accident in spring 2018 in Arizona, when an Uber-owned autonomous vehicle killed a pedestrian, this ride-sharing company is now ready to resume testing self-driving cars on public roads.
Two human backup drivers will sit in each Uber’s vehicle. All on-board autonomous systems will be constantly engaged.
When the self-driving car killed the woman pedestrian in the USA in March this year, the Volvo’s factory AEB system was disconnected. The human driver behind the wheel got distracted looking into the phone. So, her reaction delayed. We know it from the National Transportation Safety Board’s report.
Uber initiated an overall review of its safety procedures after the mentioned crash. Other improvements will include additional technical training for safety drivers, that monitor the self-driving cars while they take tests.
The company has officially applied for the restart of testing in Pittsburgh. It has its development center for autonomous driving there.
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation should accept of decline the Uber’s application till November 13. In case the tests are given a ‘green light’, city authorities may implement a 25 mph (40 km/h) speed limit for self-driving cars.
Source: The CarConnection