This week, a self-driving Volvo owned by Uber struck and killed a pedestrian in Tempe, Arizona. We won’t know the exact details of what happened until much later once Uber, the local police, and the federal government have completed their investigations. But the tragedy has opened up many questions about how self-driving car technology works, and particularly how well these robotic cars can see what’s happening around them. Alex Davies and Aarian Marshall from WIRED’s transportation desk join us this week to talk about autonomous vehicle safety, Lidar, street design, and the human component.
Some notes: Aarian’s initial report about the Tempe crash. Her analysis of Uber’s dashcam video. The crash comes at a time when pedestrian deaths are spiking. Aarian on the ethics of testing self-driving tech on public roads. Alex explains Lidar. Read our complete guide to self-driving cars. Recommendations this week: The Patagonia Micro Puff Hoody, Facebook Lite, and clean your damn floors. A complete guide to managing your Facebook privacy settings.
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