Uber says its self-driving cars have a “problem” with the concept of bike lanes. It made this statement after a few of its autonomous cars were caught making various traffic violations in the city of San Francisco. Uber says its working to fix the way the cars make unsafe turns when confronted with biking lanes.
The Bicycle Coalition of San Francisco gave Uber a warning after its executive director, Brian Weidenmeier claims to have seen Uber’s self-driving car make unsafe right turns through bike lanes, twice. The vehicles allegedly moved across the bike lanes at the last second to turn, risking accidents with bicyclists.
However, that isn’t the only violations Uber’s self-driving cars have been reported making. Since they were released onto the streets of San Francisco, they have been reported to have blown stop signs, seen not yielding for pedestrians, and even running red lights.
The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition believes that these violations are unacceptable, and Uber should take more initiative to fix them. Even after Weidenmier alerted Uber’s engineering team of the issues and was informed that they would be taken care of, but they weren’t. Uber, however, continues to push on with its self-driving program, ignoring the criticism and complaints. The road to the future of fully autonomous vehicles seems to be bumpy so far.