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Uber request to resume Autonomous vehicle testing on public roads

The autonomous ride hailing company have just released a voluntary safety report, to try to get permission to continue their aborted self-driving car testing, following the fatal crash in Arizona 7 months ago.

Uber released its report to the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration last week. Conditions of the testing are that two safety test drivers will be in each vehicle, automatic braking, and strict monitoring. This includes external real time monitoring of the driver / operators and also looks at the drive time and fatigue levels of its road based testing operatives. The vehicle involved in the Tempe tragedy, did not utilise the automatic braking feature and only had one safety operative.

They have also promised to improve the overall system software of its driverless vehicles. They claim that a much improved system latency, will enable more accurate object detection and fast effective reaction.

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