By Thomas Barrabi Published March 12, 2019 SXSW FOXBusiness Facebook Twitter Comments Print video Uber will not face criminal charges over self-driving car crash Fox News senior judicial analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano on prosecutors in Arizona saying they didn't find any evidence to charge Uber criminally in the self-driving car crash that killed a woman last year. The world’s most innovative companies are betting billions of dollars that self-driving vehicles will revolutionize the way humanity travels, but some critics, including best-selling author Malcolm Gladwell, warn the promising technology poses serious risks without proper oversight and regulation. Continue Reading Below Amazon, Google, Uber and Tesla are just a few of the firms that have invested in self-driving vehicles in recent years. Proponents, including CEO Chris Urmson of the Amazon-backed startup Aurora, argue that autonomous vehicles will dramatically reduce fatal … [Read more...] about Malcolm Gladwell: Self-driving vehicles could make traffic worse, pose cybersecurity risk
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(Reuters) - Uber Technologies Inc is not criminally liable in a March 2018 crash in Tempe, Arizona, in which one of the company’s self-driving cars struck and killed a pedestrian, prosecutors said on Tuesday. FILE PHOTO: National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigators examine a self-driving Uber vehicle involved in a fatal accident in Tempe, Arizona, U.S., March 20, 2018. National Transportation Safety Board/Handout via REUTERS The Yavapai County Attorney said in a letter made public that there was “no basis” for criminal liability for Uber, but that the conduct of the back-up driver, Rafael Vasquez, should be referred to the Tempe police for additional investigation. Police said last year that Vasquez was streaming a television show on a phone until about the time of the crash and called the incident “entirely avoidable.” An Uber spokeswoman declined to comment on the letter. Vasquez could face charges of vehicular manslaughter, … [Read more...] about Uber not criminally liable in fatal 2018 Arizona self-driving…
By Carolyn Said Published 1:05 pm PST, Wednesday, February 13, 2019 Waymo once again led the industry in self-driving miles. Waymo once again led the industry in self-driving miles. Photo: Paul Chinn / The Chronicle 2018 Buy photo Photo: Paul Chinn / The Chronicle 2018 Image 1 of / 5 Caption Close Image 1 of 5 Waymo once again led the industry in self-driving miles. Waymo once again led the industry in self-driving miles. Photo: Paul Chinn / The Chronicle 2018 Buy photo Robot cars are getting better — but will true self-driving ever arrive? 1 / 5 Back to Gallery Waymo and Cruise, the leaders in the race to make robot cars a widespread reality, saw their vehicles improve at … [Read more...] about Robot cars are getting better — but will true self-driving ever arrive?
Self-driving cars are supposed to be safer than our current deadly streets – but reporting on the small number of autonomous crashes has consumers worried. A new report from the consulting firm Deloitte shows worries ticked up in 2019 compared to the previous years. The authors say regulation will be key to assuaging fears and catalyzing mass adoption. More self-driving cars than ever before are hitting the roads. But while their rollout has plenty of people excited about the autonomous future, some people need a little more convincing, according to new research from the consulting firm Deloitte. For the past three years, the firm has surveyed more than 25,000 people in 20 countries about their views on autonomous vehicles. In a few major countries, including the United States, Germany, and India, the fraction of people who say self-driving cars won’t be safe bucked the trend and increased in 2019. That’s not good news for the companies racing to put their … [Read more...] about As more self-driving technology launches, people are growing more anxious about the supposed benefits
Autonomous vehicles are driving the buzz at CES this week -- but this year, companies are touting their commitment to safety and public education after fatal crashes increased policymakers' worries about the nascent technology. "Events like that have highlighted the need to have a dialogue about safety," said Jack Weast, who leads autonomous vehicle standards at Intel's Mobileye division. Weast plans to discuss the company's technical safety standards, which have been adopted at other companies such as Chinese tech giant Baidu, during a panel at the Las Vegas trade show later today. Weast says companies have not always shared best practices for car safety with each other in efforts to edge out competitors. After all, safety is one of the main factors consumers consider when buying cars. But with autonomous cars, Weast says, that decades-old way of thinking has to end."When it comes to decision-making and the ability to drive safe from an autonomous vehicle, that should no longer be … [Read more...] about Self-driving car companies preach safety first