Uber Self-Driving Cars were Reported in 37 Crashes Before Fatal Accident
In March 2018, an Uber test vehicle struck and killed a pedestrian in the first known fatal crash involving a self-driving car. But prior to that, Uber’s fleet of prototype autonomous cars was involved in 37 crashes, according to a report from the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), the federal agency charged with investigating transportation-related accidents. The NTSB did not state a probable cause for the fatal crash, according to the BBC, but raised serious safety concerns.
“The system design did not include a consideration for jaywalking pedestrians,” the NTSB report said. The agency found 37 crashes involving Uber vehicles operating in autonomous mode between September 2016 and March 2018, the month the fatal crash occurred.