Car of the Future Weekly Roundup for August 8, 2018

In this week’s Car of the Future Weekly Roundup

  • IIHS faults Uber for deactivating Volvo’s automatic emergency braking in Arizona fatal crash
  • NYC Taxi and Uber drivers unite in backing cap on Rideshare Cars
  • Uber & Lyft agree to new tax in San Francisco
  • GPS needs a backup

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IIHS faults Uber for deactivating Volvo’s automatic emergency braking in fatal crash
In a report Tuesday, the IIHS said that Uber’s decision to turn off active safety gear in its Volvo XC90 self-driving test vehicle contributed to the death of a pedestrian in Arizona in March. According to an NTSB report, Uber deactivated Volvo’s automatic emergency braking system in order to test its own experimental self-driving technology. That move has drawn the ire of the insurance industry-funded IIHS. MORE: Self-driving Uber car in Arizona hits, kills bicyclist “I think it’s possible that, had the system been able to intervene, the fatality may not have occurred,” IIHS chief research officer David Zuby said in a phone interview with Reuters. Data pulled from Uber’s data recorder indicates that its software detected Elaine Herzberg as she walked her bicycle across the street in Tempe, Arizona, late on the night of March 18. However, the Volvo SUV’s automatic emergency braking system with pedestrian detection had been deactivated, even though it defaults to “on” when the vehicle is started.

New York City Taxi and Uber Drivers Are United in Backing a Cap on Ride-Hail Vehicles
As New York City moves to limit for-hire vehicles, yellow-cab and Uber drivers are both hopeful that the proposal could ease their financial plight.

Uber and Lyft Agree to Pricey New San Francisco, California Tax
The threat of an expensive November ballot measure battle compelled Lyft and Uber to agree to the plan before it reached voters.

The World Economy Runs on GPS. It Needs a Backup Plan
The small satellite network, which keeps global computer systems from freaking out, is shockingly vulnerable to all kinds of interference.

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