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According to Study, Public tend to Blame Accidents on Drivers More than Automatic Cars

The study found that in crashes involving a car that has dual human and AI controls, the public presume that the machine is less accountable

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Study found that when one driver makes an error leading to Accidents, they were blamed more - regardless of whether that driver is a machine or a human. Pixabay

The public were more likely to blame Accidents involving semi-autonomous cars on the driver rather than the machine, according to a new study.

For the study published in the journal Nature Human Behaviour, the researchers from the University of Exeter examined how the general public attribute blame in accidents involving self-driving cars.

“It seems like if we leave it to the general public, they may unintentionally go soft on AV manufacturers to improve their safety standards,” said study researcher Edmond Awad.

The study found that in crashes involving a car that has dual human and AI controls, the public presume that the machine is less accountable.

For the study, the research team asked members of the public to consider hypothetical cases in which a pedestrian was killed by a car operated under shared control between humans and machines – and to indicate how blame should be allocated.

It found that when one driver makes an error, they were blamed more – regardless of whether that driver is a machine or a human.

Significantly, however, when both drivers make errors in cases of human-machine shared-control vehicles, the blame attributed to the machine is reduced.

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The public were more likely to blame accidents involving semi-autonomous cars on the driver rather than the machine, according to a new study. Pixabay

There is a greater presumption that the human driver should be held more accountable.

The research team believe the results could have significant ramifications for how juries could apportion blame in future death-crash cases.

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While the pursuit of creating fully ‘driverless’ cars has been the goal for many manufacturers in recent years, they still remain some way off from coming to fruition, the study said. (IANS)

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Safety Rests on Both Uber and Riders, Says Top Executive

The two-year safety review contains almost 2,936 reports pertaining to sexual assault globally that Uber received in 2017 and 3,045 it received in 2018

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Photo shows an exterior view of the headquarters of Uber in San Francisco. (VOA)

BY KRISHNA SINHACHAUDHURY 

The safety of the riders during Uber trips is a joint responsibility, a top company official said on Thursday, as driver-related bad incidents grew significantly in India in recent times.

“We do have exact data of drivers who cancel trips in India. If we find out that a driver is excessively cancelling rides, we take action on him. We recommend users to report such incidents immediately as the safety of our platform is a joint responsibility,” Sachin Kansal, Senior Director of Global Safety Products, Uber, told IANS here.

“For the Uber app to work, you need network connectivity. However, there are some features within our ecosystem that do work without connectivity. For example if you’re already in the car and you want to turn the audio-recording feature, that works. But the uploading part will not function,” Kansal said when asked how the company will ensure if there’s a ride irregularity amid lack of connectivity.

Uber would pilot audio recording as a pioneering feature in the Indian market later this year. The in-ride audio recording feature is currently available in Brazil and Mexico.

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Uber app. Pixabay

“Over the past three years, we have introduced several features to enhance safety standards on our platform. Today, we raise the bar again as we work towards introducing audio recording in India as a pilot this year and roll-out the ‘RideCheck’ feature for long stop and midway drop-offs,” Kansal noted.

The global ride hailing giant announced three safety features for the country — PIN verification, “RideCheck” and in-ride audio recording.

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The safety features announced on the platform will be applicable to all the Uber services including Uber Moto and Uber Auto.

Uber in December released its first safety review which contains thousands of sexual assault reports globally. The company also revealed the changes it was making to make rides safer for its passengers and drivers.

The two-year safety review contains almost 2,936 reports pertaining to sexual assault globally that Uber received in 2017 and 3,045 it received in 2018. (IANS)