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Tue Nov 5, 2019, 09:13 PM

In review of fatal Arizona crash, U.S. agency says Uber software had flaws

Source: Reuters

BUSINESS NEWS NOVEMBER 5, 2019 / 3:12 PM / UPDATED AN HOUR AGO

In review of fatal Arizona crash, U.S. agency says Uber software had flaws

David Shepardson
4 MIN READ

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - An Uber self-driving test vehicle that struck and killed an Arizona woman in 2018 had software flaws, the National Transportation Safety Board said Tuesday as it disclosed the company’s autonomous test vehicles were involved in 37 crashes over the prior 18 months.

NTSB may use the findings from the first fatal self-driving car accident to make recommendations that could impact how the entire industry addresses self-driving software issues or to regulators about how to oversee the industry.

The board will meet Nov. 19 to determine the probable cause of the March 2018 accident in Tempe, Arizona that killed 49-year-old Elaine Herzberg as she was walking a bicycle across a street at night.

In a report released ahead of the meeting, the NTSB said the Uber Technologies Inc vehicle had failed to properly identify her as a pedestrian crossing a street.

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Read more: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-uber-crash/in-review-of-fatal-arizona-crash-u-s-agency-says-uber-software-had-flaws-idUSKBN1XF2HA

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