Since we only hear about collisions involving autonomous vehicles we wonder how many have near misses? This article hints that there are a lot of unreported near misses.
“A manager at Uber sent an email to senior executives raising concerns about the risks of self-driving vehicle programme – just five days before an Uber vehicle struck and killed a pedestrian in Arizona in March this year.
The email has now been brought into public domain by The Information after conducting interviews with some of Uber’s former and current employees.
According to The Information, the email was sent on 13 March by Robbie Miller, a testing-operations manager at Uber.
In his email, Miller complained about the number of near misses by Uber’s autonomous vehicles, which were not properly investigated and had even been ignored. Miller also raised concerns about the “poor behaviour of the operators”, who lacked proper training.”