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Self-Driving Uber Car Racks Up First Kill

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Tempe, Arizona, police have released a massive report on the fatal Uber vehicle crash that killed pedestrian Elaine Herzberg in March. The report provides more evidence that driver Rafaela Vasquez was distracted in the seconds before the crash.

"This crash would not have occurred if Vasquez would have been monitoring the vehicle and roadway conditions and was not distracted,'' the report concludes.

Police obtained records from Hulu suggesting that Vasquez was watching "The Voice," a singing talent competition that airs on NBC, just before the crash. Hulu's records showed she began watching the program at 9:16pm. Streaming of the show ended at 9:59pm, which "coincides with the approximate time of the collision," according to the police report.

Police say dashcam footage shows that Vasquez "was distracted and looking down" during the nearly 22-minute drive that preceded the crash. According to police, she "appears to react and show a smirk or laugh at various points during the times that she is looking down." The report said that she looked down 166 times while the vehicle was in motion, frequently looking in the direction of her right knee.

Vasquez looked down at her lap for 5.3 seconds prior to the crash, then looked up less than a second before her car struck Herzberg.

More at https://arstechnica.com/cars/2018/06/police-uber-driver-was-streaming-
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Friday, June 22, 2018 2:36 PM

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Tempe, Arizona, police have released a massive report on the fatal Uber vehicle crash that killed pedestrian Elaine Herzberg in March. The report provides more evidence that driver Rafaela Vasquez was distracted in the seconds before the crash.

"This crash would not have occurred if Vasquez would have been monitoring the vehicle and roadway conditions and was not distracted,'' the report concludes.

Police obtained records from Hulu suggesting that Vasquez was watching "The Voice," a singing talent competition that airs on NBC, just before the crash. Hulu's records showed she began watching the program at 9:16pm. Streaming of the show ended at 9:59pm, which "coincides with the approximate time of the collision," according to the police report.

Police say dashcam footage shows that Vasquez "was distracted and looking down" during the nearly 22-minute drive that preceded the crash. According to police, she "appears to react and show a smirk or laugh at various points during the times that she is looking down." The report said that she looked down 166 times while the vehicle was in motion, frequently looking in the direction of her right knee.

Vasquez looked down at her lap for 5.3 seconds prior to the crash, then looked up less than a second before her car struck Herzberg.

More at https://arstechnica.com/cars/2018/06/police-uber-driver-was-streaming-
hulu-just-before-fatal-self-driving-car-crash
/

The Joss Whedon script for Serenity, where Wash lives, is Serenity-190pages.pdf at www.mediafire.com/folder/1uwh75oa407q8/Firefly

I heard MSM say she had been streaming Hulu for hours prior to impact.

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Thursday, July 5, 2018 12:52 PM

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One study by the Rand Corporation estimated that self-driving cars would have to drive 275 million miles without a fatality to prove they were as safe as human drivers. But the first death linked to Tesla’s Autopilot came roughly 130 million miles into the project, well short of the mark.

There’s growing concern among AI experts that it may be decades before self-driving systems can reliably avoid accidents. As self-trained systems grapple with the chaos of the real world, experts like NYU’s Gary Marcus are bracing for a painful recalibration in expectations, a correction sometimes called “AI winter.” That delay could have disastrous consequences for companies banking on self-driving technology, putting full autonomy out of reach for an entire generation.

More at www.theverge.com/2018/7/3/17530232/self-driving-ai-winter-full-autonom
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Friday, July 6, 2018 10:29 AM

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Sounds like an unreasonably doom and gloom article. So, a first attempt at self driving made it almost half way to the goal of being as safe as human drivers? That sounds amazing. With progress being made every day they should be able to close the gap relatively quickly.

Especially because "training" is being done in virtual worlds now. They can cover a decade of training in weeks if they want to throw the computing power at it. Seems like it's already been shown that machine learning is getting good at identifying images without having to see them before and have them classified. Sure that's the first stage of machine learning, but image recognition has been growing by leaps and bounds. I'm not at all concerned that there will be a significant roadblock ahead.

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