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Uber self-driving car saw pedestrian 6 seconds before crash, NTSB says

“According to data pulled from Uber’s system, the pedestrian was first recognized about 6 seconds before the crash” reports cnet.com. Regarding Uber’s self-driving Volvo XC90, the report confirms that Uber does deactivate Volvo’s own built-in driver assistance systems, including autonomous emergency braking, when operating in autonomous mode.Yet, while Uber’s system includes its own autobrake capabilities, this system too is disabled during autonomous operation “to reduce the potential for erratic vehicle behavior.”. Meanwhile, Uber has ended its autonomous operations in Arizona entirely, saying it will instead focus on tests in Pennsylvania. Source:…

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Uber Self-Driving Car Had 6 Seconds to Avoid Fatal Pedestrian Crash

“At 1.3 seconds before impact, the self-driving system determined that emergency braking was needed to mitigate a collision” writes Joel Hruska for extremetech.com. The emergency braking system built by Volvo attempted to trigger emergency braking 1.3 seconds before the crash, unlike the driver, who began to brake less than a second before striking the pedestrian. Source: extremetech.com Share This:

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Federal safety board issues initial report on fatal crash involving Uber’s self-driving car

“In a preliminary report on the crash, the NTSB said the driver had the autonomous driving technology on for 19 minutes before the crash” reports washingtonexaminer.com. The NTSB said “all aspects of the crash remain under investigation” and intends to provide recommendations to prevent similar situations.The self-driving system first registered the pedestrian 6 seconds before the impact, then alerted the driver 1.3 seconds before the crash that an emergency braking maneuver was necessary. Source: washingtonexaminer.com Share This:

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Self-driving Uber saw pedestrian 6 seconds before fatal crash, new NTSB report says

“More details have emerged about the self-driving Uber car crash that killed a woman in Arizona earlier this year” writes Sasha Lekach for mashable.com. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) released its preliminary findings Thursday about the March 18 fatal crash.The test driver told investigators she was looking at the self-driving system interface, not cellphones — though those were in the vehicle — just before the crash.Video footage came out shortly after the crash and lines up with the NTSB findings based on Uber camera recordings. Source: mashable.com Share This:

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Uber’s self-driving SUV saw pedestrian in fatal accident but didn’t brake, officials say

“A video of the crash showed the driver looking down just before the vehicle struck and killed 49-year-old Elaine Herzberg in Tempe, Arizona” writes unknown author for cnbc.com. She was wearing dark clothing and did not look in the direction of the vehicle until just before impact.In the crash, the driver began steering less than a second before impact but didn’t brake until less than a second after impact, according to the preliminary report, which does not determine fault. Source: cnbc.com Share This:

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Uber ends self-driving program in Arizona after fatal crash

“Uber had suspended testing of its self-driving vehicles in Arizona, Pittsburgh, San Francisco and Toronto while regulators investigated the cause of a March 18 crash that killed 49-year-old Elaine Herzberg in Tempe, Arizona” writes Michael Liedtke for suntimes.com. Uber still plans to build and test self-driving cars, which the San Francisco company considers to be critical to maintaining its early lead in the ride-hailing market. Source: suntimes.com Share This:

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UBER shutting self-driving operations in AZ…

“After the fatal crash, Uber voluntarily pulled its self-driving cars from the roads, but the governor also ordered them to stay off until the crash investigation was complete” writes unknown author for azcentral.com. Uber is shutting down its self-driving car tests in Arizona, where one of the cars was involved in a fatal crash with a pedestrian in March, the company said Wednesday.WHAT HAPPENED? Video shows moments before fatal Uber crash in Tempe “We’re committed to self-driving technology, and we look forward to returning to public roads in the near future,”…

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Five Americans survive after private jet broke into pieces in Honduras

“Four employees of a Texas pawn loan company and two pilots were injured when the private jet they were on crashed and broke apart at a notorious Honduran airport, according to reports” reports nypost.com. In 2008, a plane of the former airline TACA with 135 passengers and crew crashed — in nearly the same spot as Tuesday’s crash — on its second landing attempt, killing five people and injuring at least 65.The deadliest accident occurred in 1989, when a Boeing airliner crashed into a mountainside on approach, killing 132 people.In…

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Goldman Sachs says computerized trading may make next ‘flash crash’ worse

“Goldman Sachs is cautioning its clients that computerized trading may exacerbate the volatility of the next big market sell-off” writes unknown author for cnbc.com. “One theory that has been proposed for why market fragility could be higher today is that because HFTs [high-frequency trading] supply liquidity without taking into account fundamental information, they are forced to withdraw liquidity during periods of market stress to avoid being adversely selected,” Charles Himmelberg, co-head of global markets research at Goldman, said in a report Tuesday.”In our view, this at least raises the risk…

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