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Fri, 25 May 2018 20:16:07 +0000

Uber self-driving cars: everything you need to know

Update: The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has issued its preliminary report into the fatal accident involving an Uber self-driving car and a pedestrian in Arizona that happened in March.

The preliminary NTSB report reveals that while the self-driving car had an automatic emergency braking feature, this was disabled because the car was in "computer mode." 

Uber disables emergency braking to prevent erratic driving behavior, according to the NTSB report, citing the ride-hailing service. 

Though the car detected it needed to make an emergency braking maneuver 1.3 seconds before it struck the pedestrian who later died of her injuries, the system doesn't alert the driver to take control of the vehicle. 

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