Industry Trend Analysis - Implications Of Uber's Self-Driving Fatality - APR 2018


BMI View: The death of a pedestrian hit by a self-driving car operated by Uber Technologies could threaten to undermine public confidence in the vehicles. It will also bring legislation surrounding autonomous vehicles (AVs) under the microscope. In some ways it could help bind US states together in seeking a unified approach to regulating AVs but in other ways it could also threaten to stall the rollout pace of any meaningful AV legislation and raise the regulatory burden on AV developers.

In March 2018, an autonomous vehicle (AV) developed and operated by Uber Technologies struck and killed a pedestrian in Arizona during a test run. Though it is far too early to identify how the accident occurred and who, if anyone, is at fault, there are still a number of possible implications of this accident that we explore in this piece of analysis. Firstly, the crash threatens to undermine consumer confidence in self-driving technology, which could slow its overall commercial introduction. Secondly, we look at how the accident may act as a watershed moment for spurring a more unified federal approach to AV legislation in the US but also how it could slowdown the overall process of commercialising the technology.

Erosion In Public Confidence

Waymo And Cruise Reaching New Highs In Reliability
Autonomous Driving Disengagements Per 100 Miles
Source: California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV)

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