…After Uber Tech self-driving vehicle’s fatal accident
By Charles Segun Adegbite
Following a fatal accident in Arizona, USA, involving one of Uber Technologies’ self-driving vehicles, Toyota has suspended test of driverless cars on public roads in the country.
Toyota has suspended US tests of driverless cars on public roads following a fatal accident in Arizona involving one of Uber Technologies’ self-driving vehicles.
Going by BBC News report, “Toyota said it was concerned about the “emotional effect” the incident might have on its test drivers.
“The carmaker said it did not have a timeline for re-starting the trials.” The reports disclosed.
Toyota was concerned about the “emotional effect” the incident might have on its test drivers.”
The Sunday accident is believed to be the first fatality involving a fully autonomous vehicle.
With the Arizona auto crash, the debate about whether autonomous vehicles are being put into use prematurely or not was brought back.
The technology, according to analysts, has the potential to reduce accidents and expand transportation options for the disabled and elderly, but some have warned that the technology is not ready and urged regulators to introduce more stringent safety tests.
A professor of engineering, Missy Cummings, at Duke University wrote on Twitter after the accident in Arizona thus: “Hopefully Congress will take note and stop rushing to deploy this immature technology,”
A survey last year by Pew Research Center found that more than half of Americans would not want to ride in a driverless car if given the option and expressed some level of worry about such vehicles.
Uber said after the accident that it would temporarily halt driverless car tests.
Toyota spokesman said, “Because we feel the incident may have an emotional effect on our test drivers, we have decided to temporarily pause our Chauffeur mode testing on public roads”.
He said the firm is continuing its tests of driverless cars in other countries.
The automobile firm has been performing trials of its Chauffeur mode on public roads in Michigan and California.
It had earlier said it expected some of its cars to be equipped with automated driving technology by 2020.