On the night of March 18, a self driving car struck and killed Elaine Herzberg in Tempe, Arizona. Uber’s human safety driver failed to override the automated sensing system that was supposed to recognize the crossing pedestrian. Over the past few years, Arizona has allowed Uber to test its new technology unregulated on the state’s roads.
What is unclear to us is why anyone, besides Uber executives themselves, want self-driving cars at all? Does anyone stand to benefit from a more precarious working class? What was once a gimmick is now a threat.
If we are to be test subjects in Uber’s grand design, we ask for some compensation.