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by Mark Zalewski
December 21, 2016
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Daily Mail reveals Brailsford tried to kill Wiggins medical package story; Outcome of Brailsford testimony: ‘should pay with his job’; UCI awards Lampre-Merida WorldTour license to UAE Abu Dhabi; Wout van Aert to race on Felt in 2017; Lars van der Haar possible for Heusden-Zolder World Cup; Leif Hoste refusing to pay fine for abnormal blood values; Vicente Reynes announces retirement; Uber admits to self-driving car ‘problem’ in bike lanes; Rolling with Lance Armstrong; Bahrain-Merida unveils team kit; Herne Hill Velodrome crowd-funding campaign surpasses goal; Johanna Jahnke short documentary; Hawke’s Bay Summer Cycling Carnival.
The Guardian reports that Uber’s self-driving car technology has problems with crossing into bike lanes, raising safety concerns for cyclists. This self-admission by the company comes only days after it proclaimed it would openly defy California government regulations over autonomous vehicles and push forward with its implementation plans.
“Uber began piloting its self-driving vehicles in its home town of San Francisco last week, despite state officials’ declaration that the ride-share company needed special permits to test its technology. On day one, numerous autonomous vehicles – which have a driver in the front seat who can take control – were caught running red lights and committing a range of traffic violations.”
Despite the potential flaws in its technology, Uber is pushing forward with testing in direct opposition of California regulators’ opposition.
According to the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition executive director, who tested the vehicle days before the launch, he observed the vehicle making an “unsafe right-hook-style turn through a bike lane.”
Advocates for self-driving vehicles say they have the potential to be safer than human-operated ones, but also acknowledge that cyclists pose a unique challenge for the technology due to being more agile and higher-speed, as well as it being more difficult to predict a cyclist’s behaviour.
Click through to read more at The Guardian.