False Positives: Self-Driving Cars and the Agony of Knowing What Matters

May 31, 2018

Now, fresh details from Uber’s fatal self-driving car crash in March underscore not just the difficulty of this problem, but its centrality. According to a preliminary report released by the National Transportation Safety Board last week, Uber’s system detected pedestrian Elaine Herzberg six seconds before striking and killing her. It identified her as an unknown object, then a vehicle, then finally a bicycle.