Uber liability and responsibility issues

Owen Davies's picture

Uber is not liable for some things their drivers do, for example, in 2013 an Uber driver who was not picking up a passenger and did not have a passenger in the car hit and killed a pedestrian. Uber did not pay the pedestrians family and had the driver pay saying that, ”the driver was not providing services on the uber system during the time of the accident.” Even though the driver was technically working for Uber at the time and could have taken a request for a ride. It is also possible the driver was distracted by the Uber app.

What Could go wrong with self driving cars.

Jared's picture

I would like to start off by saying that personally I am against the idea of self driving cars. I would like to show everyone that they're not all sunshine and rainbows. The first reason is that self driving cars are susceptible to hacking and, they are not as capable as a human in snap decision making. So you can get a better understanding of what i'm trying to say, here are a few examples: What happens if you are on a small one way road with parked cars on both sides and a kid runs in front of the car, what is its response run over the kid, or crash the car?

How Elon Musk's Hyperloop Can Change The World

Rick Goodman's picture

There is very little doubt in today's world that Elon Musk is one of the most innovate and creative minds on the planet. His recent plan is perhaps his most transformative idea yet. In its essence, the Hyperloop is an underground network of trains that can travel at extremely fast rates, rumored to be able to transport passengers from New York City to Washington D.C. in 29 minutes. Musk claims that his hyperloop will be safer than cars and substantially safer to the environment than aircrafts.

Driverless Cars Benefits/Risks

Ben Wellek's picture

There will always be malfunctions and thus crashes. However, with advancing technology the rate of driverless accidents will and is lower than the rate of accidents due to human causation. Technology isn't perfect and accidents will happen, but I would rather trust a car manufactured and tested thousands of times than a 16 year old who just got her license. While drunk driving accidents have declined with the popularization of Uber and Lyft, texting accidents are still rising. Here, we see an example of how vehicle technology has improved society.

How Driver Less Cars Could Improve Our Lives

Oliver Schutt's picture

In the rise of technology, companies are developing self driving cars. Some people are strongly against them, but 90% of accidents are caused by human error. Self driving cars would drastically reduce that 90%, or eliminate it. Plus, if you are texting, you are 23 times  more likely to crash. If you were to text in a self driving car, it wouldn’t matter if you were texting. One person is killed in a vehicle related accident every 25 seconds. Almost all of that wouldn’t happen with self driving cars. It would save 51,300 lives a year.

How people in Michigan really travel

Jeff Kupperman's picture

If you think about transportation in the Detroit area and Michigan as a whole, you probably think of cars -- especially individuals driving in their own cars, usually alone. And while that's true for a lot of people, you might be surprised by some of the findings of this 2016 report on travel in Southeast Michigan. For example:

Driverless Vehicles

Austin Priebe's picture

As companies begin to hone in driverless technology and the house works to pass the first legislation, much discussion is in the commuity over safety, jobs, and national security. Many people feel without a driver behind the wheel, an unforseen cirumstance on the road will lead to an accident. Others believe due to the over 500,000 taxi/ride sharing drivers in America that those jobs will eventually be lost, leaving hundreds of thousands unemployed and in the city with nowhere to go.

Uber liability and responsibility issues

Owen Davies's picture

Uber is not liable for some things their drivers do, for example, in 2013 an Uber driver who was not picking up a passenger and did not have a passenger in the car hit and killed a pedestrian. Uber did not pay the pedestrians family and had the driver pay saying that, ”the driver was not providing services on the uber system during the time of the accident.” Even though the driver was technically working for Uber at the time and could have taken a request for a ride. It is also possible the driver was distracted by the Uber app.

What Could go wrong with self driving cars.

Jared's picture

I would like to start off by saying that personally I am against the idea of self driving cars. I would like to show everyone that they're not all sunshine and rainbows. The first reason is that self driving cars are susceptible to hacking and, they are not as capable as a human in snap decision making. So you can get a better understanding of what i'm trying to say, here are a few examples: What happens if you are on a small one way road with parked cars on both sides and a kid runs in front of the car, what is its response run over the kid, or crash the car?

How Elon Musk's Hyperloop Can Change The World

Rick Goodman's picture

There is very little doubt in today's world that Elon Musk is one of the most innovate and creative minds on the planet. His recent plan is perhaps his most transformative idea yet. In its essence, the Hyperloop is an underground network of trains that can travel at extremely fast rates, rumored to be able to transport passengers from New York City to Washington D.C. in 29 minutes. Musk claims that his hyperloop will be safer than cars and substantially safer to the environment than aircrafts.

Driverless Cars Benefits/Risks

Ben Wellek's picture

There will always be malfunctions and thus crashes. However, with advancing technology the rate of driverless accidents will and is lower than the rate of accidents due to human causation. Technology isn't perfect and accidents will happen, but I would rather trust a car manufactured and tested thousands of times than a 16 year old who just got her license. While drunk driving accidents have declined with the popularization of Uber and Lyft, texting accidents are still rising. Here, we see an example of how vehicle technology has improved society.

How Driver Less Cars Could Improve Our Lives

Oliver Schutt's picture

In the rise of technology, companies are developing self driving cars. Some people are strongly against them, but 90% of accidents are caused by human error. Self driving cars would drastically reduce that 90%, or eliminate it. Plus, if you are texting, you are 23 times  more likely to crash. If you were to text in a self driving car, it wouldn’t matter if you were texting. One person is killed in a vehicle related accident every 25 seconds. Almost all of that wouldn’t happen with self driving cars. It would save 51,300 lives a year.

How people in Michigan really travel

Jeff Kupperman's picture

If you think about transportation in the Detroit area and Michigan as a whole, you probably think of cars -- especially individuals driving in their own cars, usually alone. And while that's true for a lot of people, you might be surprised by some of the findings of this 2016 report on travel in Southeast Michigan. For example:

Driverless Vehicles

Austin Priebe's picture

As companies begin to hone in driverless technology and the house works to pass the first legislation, much discussion is in the commuity over safety, jobs, and national security. Many people feel without a driver behind the wheel, an unforseen cirumstance on the road will lead to an accident. Others believe due to the over 500,000 taxi/ride sharing drivers in America that those jobs will eventually be lost, leaving hundreds of thousands unemployed and in the city with nowhere to go.

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