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Uber pedestrian death highlights need to put brakes on self-driving vehicles
Updated On: Mar 29, 2018

ATU International President put out the following statement in reaction to the fatal accident in involving a pedestrian hit by a self-driving Uber car.

“Our hearts and prayers go out to the family of the pedestrian killed by a self-driving Uber car in Phoenix.

“When it comes to self-driving vehicles, states and the federal government are turning their backs on regulations and issuing a rubber stamp for autonomous vehicles without regard to the safety of the public.

“Allowing experimental self-driving technology to be tested on city streets is reckless and dangerous and not the answer for ending traffic fatalities. We need to quit using the public as the crash-test dummies. These systems are not ready to deal with the chaotic elements of our roads, traffic, vagaries of weather and other conditions.

“We call for a rewriting of the Senate bill, AV START Act S. 1885, which would regulate autonomous vehicle testing. It is essentially a ‘carte blanche' for the industry. It is worse than taking us back to a time when there were no motor vehicle regulations. We need a DOT and NTSB that is able to step up and provide the oversight on self-driving vehicles that will protect the public.”

“We are helpless bystanders caught in a corporate gold rush while these profiteers rush these self-driving multi-ton missiles onto our streets and highways long before they are ready. The bottom line is protect people before profit. It’s time to put the brakes on autonomous vehicles.”


ATU Local 1056
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