Uber Has Long Way to Go to Prove Self-Driving Cars are Safe

The company reported only minor fender benders and scrapes in Pittsburgh. Bad driving was caught on tape during the cars’ debut in San Francisco and one was involved — but not at fault — in a crash in Tempe. Wagner suspected Uber engineers are looking at more than just the crashes or bad driving caught on tape. Any time a piece of hardware or software failed should be examined, even if the failure lasted just for a few seconds and nothing happened, Wagner said.

“Even over a million miles, effects like that might not result in full-blown collisions,” Wagner said.