Uber lays off 100 safety drivers following a fatal crash in Arizona

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Uber's dreams of a fleet of self-driving taxis may be on the rocks, if the firm's latest move is anything to go by. The ride-hailing company laid off 100 safety drivers after autonomous vehicle tests were suspended in the US, following a high profile crash in Arizona. Uber initially said it was not shuttering its entire autonomous vehicle program in the aftermath of the incident, in which 49 year old Elaine Herzberg died. Instead, it announced it was focusing on more limited testing in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and California, aiming to resume self-driving this summer. That decision may have been revised, if the latest news is anything to go by, with all 100 redundancies at its Pittsburgh base of operations.


Uber warned of self-driving safety risks before autonomous car killed pedestrian, report claims

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A fatal accident involving a pedestrian and one of Uber's self-driving vehicles could have been prevented, a new report claims. An employee warned the ride-sharing giant that there were issues with Uber's autonomous-driving technology just days before Elaine Herzberg, a 49-year-old Arizona woman, was struck and killed. The email, which was sent to several high-level executives at Uber, warned that the self-driving cars had been involved in several accidents, likely due to'poor behavior of the operator of the AV technology,' according to the Information. A fatal accident involving a pedestrian and one of Uber's self-driving vehicles could have been prevented, as a new report claims the firm was warned of safety issues ahead of the crash Robbie Miller, a manager in the testing-operations group, sent the email on March 13th. The crash, which involved Herzberg being hit by a manned autonomous vehicle in Tempe, Arizona, occurred just five days later on March 18th.


Now Uber faces being sued by daughter of the pedestrian killed by self-driving car

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The daughter of the woman killed by an Uber self-driving vehicle in Arizona has retained a personal injury lawyer, underlying the potential high stakes of the first fatality caused by an autonomous vehicle. The law firm of Bellah Perez in Glendale, Arizona, said in a statement it was representing the daughter of Elaine Herzberg, who died on Sunday night after being hit by the Uber self-driving SUV in the Phoenix suburb of Tempe. The firm did not name her but DailyMail.com'As


Ford to invest $4 bln in new self-driving vehicle unit

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Ford said it would invest $4 billion through 2023 in its newly formed autonomous vehicle unit, Ford Autonomous Vehicles, as it looks to produce self-driving cars in the next three years. The No. 2 U.S. automaker said the new unit would include self-driving systems integration, autonomous vehicle research and advanced engineering. It will go up against Google parent Alphabet's Waymo, Uber, Tesla and doxens of other into the lucrative market. Ford recently announced a collaboration with Miami-Dade County in Florida to test its self-driving vehicle business model on the streets of Miami and Miami Beach. The No. 2 U.S. automaker said the new unit would include self-driving systems integration, autonomous vehicle research and advanced engineering.


73% say they wouldn't trust a self-driving car

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Consumer trust in self-driving cars has tumbled according to a new survey that found 73 per cent of people would be too afraid to ride in an autonomous vehicle. The US survey found faith in the technology had plummeted by ten per cent from the end of 2017 as a result of two high-profile deaths in March. Research suggests that in the long-term self-driving cars are set to drastically reduce deaths by eliminating human error but it seems consumers are yet to be convinced. The issue of AI in self-driving cars flared up following the death of a women hit but a self-driving Uber and a man killed while using his Tesla Model X's autopilot feature in March this year. A survey by the American Automobile Association looked at 1,014 people and was conducted between 5 to 8 April, just weeks after the two highly-publicised deaths.