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Report: Fatal Uber Crash Blamed on Flawed Software

A self-driving Uber Technologies Inc. car struck and killed a pedestrian in March because of shortcomings in its control software, says The Information.
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A self-driving Uber Technologies Inc. car struck and killed a pedestrian in March because of shortcomings in its control software, says The Information.

The online news service says the autonomous-driving software detected the 49-year-old woman crossing the road but wrongly decided no immediate response was necessary. In a video of the crash made by the car, there is no evidence that the car automatically braked, swerved or sounded an alert.

Uber declines to comment, because the crash is still being investigated by the National Transportation Safety Board and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The incident has prompted Uber to hire former NTSB Chair Christopher Hart to review the company’s “safety culture” and offer advice on everything from system design to the training process for the onboard backup drivers it uses to test its automated-driving technology.

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