The autonomous future will be safer, but public awareness is essential

Whilst autonomous vehicles will reduce the number of road deaths, they will bring new safety challenges, some of which are underlined by the self-driving Uber crash

The National Transport Safety Board’s (NTSB) preliminary investigation in to the March 2018 self-driving Uber crash revealed that in the interest of preventing erratic behaviour, such as sudden stops and lane changes, Uber’s self-driving system was built to disable the advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) fitted to the Volvo XC90 when in self-driving mode. These included a collision avoidance function with automatic emergency braking (AEB), as well as functions for detecting driver alertness and road sign information….

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