Dashcam Footage Of An Uber Self-Driving Car Running A Red Light

December 15, 2016


This is dash-cam footage of one of Uber's just released self-driving SUVs in San Francisco blatantly running a red light. Don't worry though, the company is blaming the person behind the wheel for the error because it's better to have faulty drivers than faulty self-driving cars apparently.

Uber's self-driving test vehicles in San Francisco have a human driver behind the wheel, as well as a co-pilot technician in the front passenger seat taking measurements and observing data about the rides. The human driver is there to take control of the vehicle in case of any incidents, including ones like this, in theory, where a vehicle might fail to come to a complete stop at an intersection.

Per official Uber statement:

This incident was due to human error. This is why we believe so much in making the roads safer by building self-driving Ubers. This vehicle was not part of the pilot and was not carrying customers. The driver involved has been suspended while we continue to investigate.

So, if you had the choice of riding in a human driven car or self-driving car right now, which would you choose? Because I would choose to walk because I don't trust either. The last time I got an Uber or Lyft ride the driver was trying to show me pictures of his girlfriend on his phone the whole time. The same phone he was supposed to be using to navigate. I told him she looks like we're about to crash. Also I'm pretty sure they were just pictures he found on the internet because they looked like four different people.

Keep going for the video.

Thanks to Marcus O, who's a firm believer the government shouldn't have the right to tell us when to stop and go and unsurprisingly lost his driver's license years ago.

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