Washington Post

Uber's self-driving cars had a major flaw: They weren't programmed to stop for jaywalkers

Revelations that Uber failed to account for jaywalkers - with deadly results in Tempe, Arizona, last March - fuel long-standing objections from critics who accuse companies like Uber of rushing to deploy vehicles not ready for public streets. Foto: AP/Seth Wenig

Software detected the woman almost six seconds before Uber's self-driving car hit her, investigators say, in the crash that would lead to her death and prompt the ride-share giant to slam the brakes on its autonomous vehicle testing.

But the SUV didn't try to stop until about a second before impact. One big reason: It wasn't designed to recognize a pedestrian outside a crosswalk, according to documents released this week by the National Transportation Safety Board after a 20-month investigation...

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