Institution of Mechanical Engineers responds to the autonomous Uber crash

Institution of Mechanical Engineers responds to the autonomous Uber crash

Posted 20 March, 2018 at 20:07

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Dr Jenifer Baxter, Head of Engineering at the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, said about the news that an autonomous Uber has hit and killed a pedestrian in Arizona:

“Our thoughts are with the victim’s family at this difficult time. This tragic event serves to draw attention to the challenges of incorporating autonomous vehicles into an incumbent system operating with manned vehicles, cyclists, pedestrians and other road users.

“Uber are right to suspend their trials of autonomous vehicles until the cause of this accident is fully understood. In 2016 the Institution of Mechanical Engineers in our Case Study on Autonomous and Driverless Cars raised the need to address societal questions before highly and fully automated cars are both accepted and legally able to be positioned on our roads; this will include having the right regulatory framework in place.

“Engineers will need to create an environment where connected autonomous vehicles can operate safely with or without an operator during the transition period to a fully autonomous vehicle system. This transition period could last for several decades.”

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