Uber's fatal crash shows the folly of how we test self-driving cars [Video]

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Kris Tripplaar/SIPA USA/PA Images The death of a pedestrian due to an autonomous vehicle was inevitable. But the accident involving Elaine Herzberg and a self-driving Uber car can be traced not only to potential mechanical faults but to problems in way that all autonomous vehicle manufacturers...

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The death of a pedestrian due to an autonomous vehicle was inevitable. But the accident involving Elaine Herzberg and a self-driving Uber car can be traced not only to potential mechanical faults but to problems in way that all autonomous vehicle manufacturers test their machines.

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What is known is that two major systems that could have caused the car to fail are the aforementioned sensors, which may have misread the scene, or the algorithms which processed the data. It is possible that the car spotted Herzberg but misread her speed or position, or was confused by the fact she was pushing a bike, rather than assuming that it did not notice her at all.