For a few years now, everyone keeps saying that driverless cars are going to be the wave of the future. But if Uber’s recent test proves anything, the technology required to have a driverless car is still a few years away.
A human driver, who saw the red light and stopped their car, saw the distinctive Volvo blasting through the red light putting everyone in the area in danger. Besides blasting the stop, the self-driving car almost hit a pedestrian who had just stepped into the crosswalk. Fortunately, no one was injured.
Check out the video of the failed self-driving Uber below!
The video of the failed attempt has ranked as one of the top trending videos on YouTube right now. The Uber vehicle was filmed blasting through the red light in San Francisco on Thursday at about 10:30 in the morning.
In the footage, you’ll see traffic approaching a traffic light. It turns yellow. Human drivers continue through it. Then as it turns red, vehicles stop.
Seconds later, the self-driving vehicle blows the red light, entering the intersection after a pedestrian has already stepped into the street.
Yesterday was the first day that Uber launched a fleet of self-driving cars onto the streets of San Francisco. On day one, the technology has already failed and put lives at risk.
Self-driving cars were first introduced this past September by Uber in Pittsburg.
A spokesperson for Uber said the incident was a result of “human error.”
All self-driving cars have human operators who monitor the journey from behind the steering wheel. They can take over the ride at any time.
Uber violated California laws and the California DMV has shut down their experiment until they get another permit.
In a statement, Uber claimed: “For us, it’s still early days and our cars are not yet ready to drive without a person monitoring them. All of our vehicles are compliant with applicable federal and state laws.”
In a company blog post, Uber burned California for their anti-technology approach.
“Several cities and states have recognized that complex rules and requirements could have the unintended consequence of slowing innovation,” Uber said. “Our hope is that California, our home state and a leader in much of the world’s dynamism, will take a similar view.”
Top comments about the incident include:
“Humans run red lights all the time and nobody cares, but when an artificial intelligence does it, its all over the news. racism in America is alive and well.”
“It’s gonna freak me out when I’m at a light, look at the car to the right and see no one driving”
“Since 2012, the self-driving cars tested by Google, Delphi and Audi have logged more than a million miles on public roads, and have been involved in 11 accidents. By comparison, researchers say there were 5.7 million police-reported crashes involving all vehicles in the U.S. in 2013.”
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