Uber Self-Driving Car That Struck, Killed Pedestrian Wasn’t Set to Stop in an Emergency

The Uber self-driving vehicle involved in fatal accident earlier this year wasn’t set to stop in an emergency, states a preliminary NTSB report. The Uber vehicle, a Volvo sport-utility car, is equipped with automatic emergency braking, however the system was disabled by Uber to “reduce the potential for erratic vehicle behavior.”

According to the NTSB, the Volvo system decided 1.3 seconds before the impact that emergency braking was needed. “Over those critical 1.3 seconds, the car could have slowed down from 43 to 24 mph before the collision,” says Dr. Humphreys. “That would have given the pedestrian a better chance of surviving the collision.”

Read the full article featuring Dr. Humphreys.