Uber Driverless Cars Return to the Road After Fatal Arizona Crash

first_img SteelSeries Arctis 1 Is World’s First USB-C Wireless Gaming HeadsetGeek Pick: Shure MV88+ Is An Excellent, On the Go Microphone Kit Uber’s driverless cars are back on the road again after a fatal crash in Tempe, Arizona earlier this year.On Thursday, Uber in a blog post announced that it’s resuming on-road testing of its self-driving vehicles in Pittsburgh. This move follows months of vehicle testing on Uber’s test track and manual driving in Pittsburgh, in addition to approval by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.“Developing self-driving technology is one of the biggest technical challenges of our time. If successful, these vehicles have the potential to make our roads safer and transportation more affordable for everyone,” Uber wrote in the blog post. “With these big challenges and possibilities come an even greater responsibility: that of deploying a safe, reliable, and trustworthy self-driving system.”Following a deadly car accident earlier this year, Uber has stepped up its safety regulations for its self-driving system. From July to November, Uber introduced its first set of safeguards, completed internal and external safety reviews, and published its safety report. Cars must also pass a series of more than 70 scenarios on Uber’s test track, including mock pedestrians, vehicles, and buses.Photo Credit: Uber Advanced Technologies Group/YouTubeUber’s safety and operational changes were divided into three core categories: operational changes, technical changes, and organizational changes.For operational changes, Uber raised technical competency requirements, including adding a commercial driver’s license-medical qualification and drug testing. Operator staffing was also revised, reducing the amount of hours operators were behind the wheel. Plus, a driver monitoring system was added to each vehicle, which detects distracted driving, sounds an alert for the passenger, and sends a notification to a remote team for review.On the technical side, Uber reduced system latency, improved detection and tracking of cyclists and pedestrians in traffic environments, and heightened automated emergency breaking for each vehicle. Uber also added an excess speed warning feature for manual driving.To improve organization operations, Uber relocated operational safety responsibilities to occur at the same time as the independent system safety team. Additionally, Uber published a Voluntary Self-Assessment, which was created in line with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s regulations.Following the revamp of its safety and performance regulations, Uber will also resume manual driving in other North American cities, including San Francisco and Toronto. The manual driving will give Uber insight on new scenarios, so the company can test them on their self-driving track for future vehicles.More on Geek.com:Fully Driverless Grocery Deliveries Have Started in ArizonaAmazon Accidentally Sent 1,700 Alexa Recordings to a Random PersonWater-Resistant iPhone Saves Tourists’ Lives After Boat Overturns Stay on targetlast_img

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *