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Extra Insurance Is Just the First Step Toward Making Uber Safe

As of 2015, the state of Georgia requires Uber to provide its local drivers with $1 million in insurance, in case of on-the-job accidents. The ridesharing giant has since adopted this basic safety measure across the board, but it barely scratches the surface of the company’s safety issues. Even the improved insurance has problematic loopholes. For example, a driver en route to pick up a passenger is theoretically covered, but if that upcoming ride is cancelled, as would generally happen following an accident, Uber’s coverage no longer applies. More concerning yet is the inadequate driver screening process that allows for so many accidents and other problems to occur in the first place. In April of 2018, an Uber driver on her way from Marietta to…

Atlanta Has Some of the Country’s Most Dangerous Roads

Atlanta Has Some of the Country’s Most Dangerous Roads

There are many reasons to love Atlanta, from the nightlife to the low cost of living to the thriving music scene. As any local will attest, however, the traffic is not one of them. Unfortunately, the trouble with our roads goes far beyond congestion into the realm of a serious public health hazard. As of 2015, Georgia had the fourth highest incidence of fatal car accidents nationwide, as reported by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). That puts Georgia behind only by the three most populous states: California, Texas, and Florida. The Atlanta area itself bears the worst of this state-wide problem, a problem which has only been worsening in recent years. According to a 2012-2016 report by the Georgia Governor’s Office of Highway…

The Uber Pedestrian Fatality Tells Us That Self-Driving Tech Is Not Ready for Roads

The Uber Pedestrian Fatality Tells Us That Self-Driving Tech Is Not Ready for Roads

On March 18, 2018, there was an Uber pedestrian fatality. The vehicle, which was going 40 miles per hour in a 35 mile per hour zone, gave no signs of slowing down before hitting and killing the 49-year-old Elaine Herzberg. Herzberg was walking her bike across the street at the time. Uber test driver Rafael Vasquez was behind the wheel of the Uber Volvo XC90 SUV at the time of the accident to monitoring the vehicle as a safeguard, but when the accident occurred the vehicle was in fully autonomous mode – meaning the car was driving itself, with no control on the part of the test driver. Uber has been testing its autonomous vehicles in Arizona, Pittsburgh, and Toronto for some time. This accident…