Since then a lot of new information has come out and it doesn’t looks good for Uber”
- The Volvo safety system was disabled on the car involved in the crash.
- Experts were shocked that the system failed to recognize the pedestrian.
- Uber reduced LIDAR sensors on the Volvo down to 1 from 7 on the Fusion.
- Arizona has suspended Uber’s self-driving cars in the state.
- Uber will not renew it’s autonomous driving license in California, and it will have challenges to get it back.
- Uber is far behind its competitors in the autonomous driving race.
Given all that, it’s no surprise that Uber has reached a quick settlement with the family of the woman killed. The terms are confidential, but no doubt it was a big one to make this story go away as quickly as possible.
It seems like Uber was caught rushing into autonomous driving at a breakneck pace. The rules of “slow and steady win the race” are definitely not practiced at a company that had an internal motto of
“Move fast and break things” “Always be hustlin’”
Perhaps it’s time for Uber to license Google’s Waymo superior autonomous driving technology before more damage is done?