Bryan Reimer Provides Thoughts for CNN Story on Self-Driving Uber-Pedestrian Crash

Bryan Reimer Provides Thoughts for CNN Story on Self-Driving Uber-Pedestrian Crash

Thu, 03/22/2018

A CNN article on the recent autonomous vehicle accident in Arizona - in which a pedestrian was killed by a self-driving car for the first time - features thoughts from AgeLab Research Scientist Bryan Reimer:

New video of the fatal crash involving a self-driving Uber vehicle in Tempe, Arizona, shows a failure of the expected performance of the autonomous vehicle's technology, according to experts.

According to Bryan Reimer, research scientist in the MIT AgeLab and the associate director of the New England University Transportation Center at MIT, it is possible the video represents what's called an "edge case," a rare situation the autonomous system was never trained to handle.

He also said the video could represent a failure of a vehicle sensor or its algorithms, but it's unknown at this time if that's what happened. A full investigation has not yet been completed.

Reimer also criticized police for publicly releasing a video that could prematurely influence consumer perception of a technology that may one day help save lives.

Read the full story here.

 

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