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John Krafcik: We have technology to handle the Uber situation

Waymo CEO said the company's technology would handle the Uber self-driving incident safely. Head of the autonomous drive unit Alphabet Inc.'s Waymo on Saturday said the company's technology would safely handle the situation as it faced Uber's vehicle last week when it hit a road passer to death.

Waymo CEO John Krafcik told car dealers at a meeting of the National Automobile Dealers Association in Las Vegas that the company is on its way to a goal to reduce vehicle deaths and be able to handle unexpected events at night such as Uber's experience.

Tinuku John Krafcik We have technology to handle the Uber situation

"We have a lot of confidence that our technology will be able to handle such situations," Krafcik said.

The fatal collision on March 18 in Tempe, Arizona, has raised questions about the safety of autonomous technology in general and the Uber system in particular. The incident happened on a dark night where police investigation and federal security regulator were underway in which Uber's test vehicle was.

SUV in autonomous mode hit pedestrians carrying bicycles at night as they walked across four-lane roads. Companies that develop self-driving technologies, including General Motors Co., Toyota Motor Corp. and a number of startups are waiting to see if accidents are impacting in the sector.

Waymo works on self-driving vehicles since 2009 and with 5 million miles (8 million km) on public roads. The company is generally considered to be at the forefront of developing autonomous vehicle technology. The company plans to launch services for passengers in the coming months and launch a wider program.


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