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Report contradicts Uber's explanation of robocar red light slip

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After video showed an Uber self-driving car running a red light, the firm cited “human error” by the ride-along driver. But a report faults the autonomous tech.
A clutch of Uber robocars in San Francisco in December, before state regulators cracked down on the program.
Call it another pothole for Uber.
Remember that taxicab dash-cam video of an Uber robocar running a red light in San Francisco last December? (It’s embedded below.) Uber — which had put the self-driving cars on the streets without first getting a permit — had said the screwup was due to “human error” and that it had suspended the driver who was riding along in the car.
But The New York Times says the autonomous-driving system was in fact to blame. The paper reported the news late Friday, citing two unnamed Uber employees, as well as internal company documents. The paper also said that “all told, the mapping programs used by Uber’s cars failed to recognize six traffic lights in the San Francisco area.

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