Pete Owens wrote:kwackers wrote:Bmblbzzz wrote:It's been stated by the US National Transportation Safety Board.
eg: https://eu.azcentral.com/story/money/bu ... 508011001/
Cheers, that's quite interesting and far more detailed than the previous info I've seen (even if it does lead to an array of 'technical' questions).
The array of technical questions is of secondary importance here.
The critical issue is that the emergency braking systems were deactivated during the development on the basis that this task could be performed by a human. The problem is with Uber for operating an developing in an inherently unsafe way not the human delegated an impossible task. typical of corporate entities they are trying to dump the responsibility on the individual for a systematic failure.
I noticed this in the article: "Twenty-five times [since 2016], other drivers rear-ended the Ubers", which seems pretty high to me, and makes me wonder if Uber had a problem with their cars emergency-braking when they probably didn't need to. Maybe that's why they decided to turn it off? Or, if they were emergency-braking appropriately, I could imagine a computer-controlled car being better at doing emergency stops than a human, so any cars behind would be more likely to rear-end them.