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Uber back on roads, but not yet back on track

Uber’s recent chastening experience in autonomous driving is really a metaphor for the whole self-driving industry, which has had to adjust its sights downwards over the past year after a spate of incidents during trials. Uber is now about to get its autonomous vehicles back on the road but reduced in range and speed, after gaining permission from the US state of state of Pennsylvania for local tests. The company has effectively admitted that its software was not fit for purpose at the time of the fatal crash nine months ago in March 2018, by stressing that it has now improved the overall system design after an internal review. There were signals that latency was not low enough for the…

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