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Excerpt from full article here: http://prospect.org/article/uber-trouble-again
{In Uber's posturing bro culture, you never admit mistakes and the best defense is a good offense. Well now it turns out that, according to two Uber employees who spoke to The New York Times on the condition of anonymity, as well as according to Uber's own internal documents viewed by Times reporters, the mapping programs used by Uber's cars in fact were to blame for the San Francisco incidents. The algorithms failed to recognize at least six traffic lights in the downtown core. That's during just a few days of operation. Uber's documents stated bluntly about one such incident, "In this case, the car went through a red light."

Yet this wasn't the first time that Uber had been exposed fudging its autonomous vehicles' performance. Last September in Pittsburgh, Uber conducted self-driving experiments that ran into similar problems. According to USA Today, The New York Times, and other media outlets, the human drivers, who had to keep their hands on the steering wheel at all times, often had to take back control from the algorithms. One rider reported that the human had to commandeer control at least 30 percent of the time. The auto cars also crawled along sluggishly, causing one observer to compare it to "grandma coming home from church real slow." Yet the vehicles still managed to get into various scrapes and fender benders, and one drove the wrong way down a one-way street.

What was Uber's response? You guessed it: It blamed those incidents on the human drivers.}
 
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