Uber’s self-driving fatality shows how much pressure is put on test drivers

A federal investigation into Uber’s fatal self-driving-car crash in March has found that the car’s self-driving system didn’t stop itself from hitting a pedestrian because its emergency-braking capability was turned off by Uber to prevent “erratic vehicle behavior.”

The investigation’s preliminary findings (pdf) highlight the precarious situation autonomous safety drivers are in: They’re put in charge of relatively new technology with safeguards stripped away, and seemingly...

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