The self-driving car has people excited about the idea of traffic coming to an end and safety being flawlessly determined by sensors and programming. Those hopes were blown as Uber’s new self-driving car flew through a red light on its first day out on the streets of San Francisco this week.
The red light-runner was captured by the dash cam in a Luxor Cabs car and quickly uploaded to YouTube, a Yahoo report explained. The video shows the Luxor Cab slowing as it approached a crosswalk and the light turned from yellow to red. A few seconds after the light turned red, the Uber Volvo XC90 rolled through the intersection.
Uber hasn’t verified if this was one of its cars, however, if it was, isn’t clear if this was a failure of the equipment or the software.
The company announced that the self-driving cars were being released onto the San Francisco streets Friday morning. They were said to be picking up passengers all day.
Uber said earlier this week that it doesn’t think testing the cars requires a permit of any kind because an engineer is present when the car is on the road.
You can see the video below: