Uber self-driving car runs red light

Occurred: December 2016

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A video released by the operations managers at a taxi firm revealed that an Uber Volvo XC90 self-driving car ran a red light near the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art at a moderate speed. Nobody was injured.

Given Uber self-driving vehicles have drivers and engineers as backups at the wheel of the car, it was unclear why nobody hit the brakes. 

Shortly after the incident, California’s Attorney General demanded Uber cease its self-driving car pilot programme until the company files for a permit to test its cars on state roads. This was followed by California's Department of Motor Vehicles announcing it was revoking the registrations of 16 Uber cars as they had not been properly marked as test vehicles.

Operator: Uber
Developer: Uber
Country: USA
Sector: Automotive
Purpose: Automate steering, acceleration, braking
Technology: Self-driving system
Issue: Safety; Accuracy/reliability
Transparency: Governance; Black box