The future of driveless cars might be on the sight of technology innovators but it is still far from happening. Like the first attempts of Google, Uber also experience the same inconveniences of their self-driving car technology. Their journey towards global transport domination might halt for a while.
After having multiple lawsuits and questions about safety on their transport programs, recent news reported that Uber’s self-driving cars are having technical issues.
Uber has ben testing 43 cars in Pennsylvania, Arizona, and California covering about thousand of miles per week. However, the tests were actually clouded with many human intervention to get the project going. Full autonomy may be far from reality in this attend.
The self-driving division team of Uber may have leaked the information that their engineers have successfully build the system theoretically, but practical testing have shown poor results. Human drivers need to intervene every .9 mile during the January 2017 trials.
However, failing the expectations in the trials does not mean an increase of accident potentiality. In fact, driver interventions has become better as reflected by data statistics.
Lacking on lane marking, missing turns, and insufficient traffic signs have been blamed to be resulting the issue. Thus, it draws out the conclusion that in order to have an convenient ride inside an autonomous car, improvement on physical land infrastructure is very much needed.
Other competitors like Waymo, Google, and Tesla has been experiencing issues of needed human intervention. Nonetheless, these mistakes will soon make them stronger manufacturers on a ambitious dream of a world full of driverless cars.