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An Uber self-driving Volvo. Photo: Uber
It's finally happened. A self-driving car has hit and killed a pedestrian, a scenario everyone in and out of the industry knew would eventually happen. Uber, which operated the car in question, has put on hold its self-driving car effort in three cities and the NTSB is investigating.
So now what? There are two big mistakes that we could make as a society in dealing with self-driving cars.
The real challenge, then, is to set some sort of safety standard for determining when the technology is "good enough." How much more should we demand of autonomous vehicles — should they be twice as good as human drivers, 10x better, 100x?
Yellow light: There were lots of calls on Monday to slow down, including from the head of the well-regarded self-driving car lab at Carnegie Mellon. Opposition could kill an already stalled bill in Congress that would have allowed testing of self-driving cars to proceed with minimal oversight from the NHTSA.
In some ways, it's not surprising that Arizona was the place where the first pedestrian was killed by a self-driving car.
Why? Arizona has touted itself heavily as the place for testing, promising limited regulation and wooing the likes of Waymo, Uber and Lyft.
At the same time, Arizona is the state with the highest rate of pedestrian fatalities.
Illustration: Rebecca Zisser/Axios
Of all the news crises Facebook has faced during the past year, the Cambridge Analytica scandal is playing out to be the worst and most damaging. Here's just some of the fallout:
More importantly: It's not clear how many more shoes there are to drop. The New York Times reported late Monday that chief security officer Alex Stamos plans to exit the company after clashing with others over how to disclose and handle issues related to Russian disinformation. Stamos had been looking into Russian interference as far back as June 2016, per the NYT.
Kim Hart and Sara Fischer have more in the Axios stream.
Salesforce chief product officer Bret Taylor pointed out the string that ties the Uber and Facebook stories together: the harsh, bright spotlight shining on Silicon Valley.
"The top two stories in both WSJ and NY Times are about Facebook data being used improperly to manipulate elections and a self-driving Uber killing a pedestrian," Taylor tweeted. "So much nuance to these stories, but one thing is clear: the world’s relationship with technology has changed."
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