Uber Finds Deadly Accident Likely Caused By Software Set to Ignore Objects On Road

The most likely reason Uber’s self driving car killed a pedestrian is because of settings designed to increase passenger comfort. While I’m sure Uber would agree that in this case they went too far, it reminds us that autonomous vehicles (and robots in general) live only to the moral code we provide them. An interesting side note in this article highlights Dara Khosrowshahi’s vision that Uber is at the centre of the network of autonomous vehicles – rather than designing specific end nodes, Uber expects to work with others to be the one ring to binding them all together.
Uber has determined that the likely cause of a fatal collision involving one of its prototype self-driving cars in Arizona in March was a problem with the software that decides how the car should…