Check autonomous vehicle driving tests for blind spots

On March 18, the first pedestrian fatality involving an autonomous vehicle (AV) took place in the American state of Arizona.

The AV, being tested by Uber, did not brake or swerve before colliding with the woman, who was crossing the road at night. The Lidar sensors on board the AV are fully capable of detecting obstacles even in pitch darkness, which means the problem could be either: malfunctioning sensor; a software error in handling the sensor data; or the software classifying the object incorrectly. An investigation by the United States National Transportation Safety Board is still under way.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 31, 2018, with the headline 'Check autonomous vehicle driving tests for blind spots'. Print Edition | Subscribe