>> A damaging revelation for Uber self-driving car ambitions. The NTSB released a report, Thursday, saying Uber disabled an emergency braking system in one of their self-driving cars that struck and killed a women in Arizona back in March. According to the report, the vehicle's radar systems detected the pedestrian six seconds before as, quote, an unknown object, as a vehicle and then as a bicycle.
About a second before impact, the car's system determined emergency braking was needed. But it was disabled and didn't properly respond. Uber said, according to the NTSB, that the braking system was disabled in order to reduce the potential for erratic vehicle behavior. The company did not directly comment on the NTSB findings but noted it recently named a former NTSB chairman to advise on Uber's safety culture.
Uber had voluntarily suspended testing in the aftermath of the deadly crash. The first ever from a fully self-driving vehicle. And said on Wednesday, it would shut down its Arizona self-driving testing program. And will focus on limited testing.