Uber vs Waymo: Another Look at the Fatal Crash

In the wake of a fatal crash, let's take a look at the intervention stats of Uber vs Waymo.

Waymo, formerly the self-driving car project of Google, said that in tests on roads in California last year, its cars went an average of nearly 5,600 miles before the driver had to take control from the computer to steer out of trouble. As of March, Uber was struggling to meet its target of 13 miles per “intervention” in Arizona, according to 100 pages of company documents obtained by The New York Times and two people familiar with the company’s operations in the Phoenix area but not permitted to speak publicly about it.

Not all drivers followed Uber’s training. One was fired after falling asleep at the wheel and being spotted by a colleague. Another was spotted air drumming as the autonomous car passed through an intersection, according to the two people familiar with Uber’s operations.

A video shot from the vehicle’s dashboard camera showed the safety driver looking down, away from the road. It also appeared that the driver’s hands were not hovering above the steering wheel, which is what drivers are instructed to do so they can quickly retake control of the car.

Hand Above the Steering Wheel?

Try it yourself, right now. Stretch your hands out over your computer, grabbing nothing and see how long you can hold the position.

This is not a case of the technology not being ready, this is a case that Uber's technology sucks.

Waymo is ready. Uber isn't.

Mike "Mish" Shedlock

Comments
FelixMish
FelixMish

A page from Paccar's (think Peterbuilt, Kenworth, DAF) shareholder information this year:

Stuki
Stuki

As far as testing goes, deciding on test venues based on political whim, rather than simply letting each punter test where he feels it most appropriate, is certainly suboptimal. In our financialized dystopia, cities hooked on Fed freshprint driven asset appreciation, fall over themselves to accommodate AV testing.

Not because their bicycle riders particularly want half-baked AVs making their already unpredictable traffic more so; but instead because those donating to their politicians want as much freshprint pumping up their “assets” as possible.

So, you get testing in Phoenix, rather than in Tonopah and Gerlach. On suburban streets, rather than on Nevada freeways. With somewhat predictable consequences wrt the risk of hitting the occasional pedestrian.

Mike Mish Shedlock
Mike Mish Shedlock

Editor

Congrats - Now learn to think. Generally, it's more important.

Hammeringtruth
Hammeringtruth

Mish said: "Thanks. Help in combatting stupidy is always appreciated. Look in a mirror any time. BTW, revoking UBER was fully warranted." At least I know how to spell.