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Uber case should prompt tighter AV controls

The auto industry is asking an awful lot from a skeptical public to accept the inevitability of a future with safe autonomous vehicles.

So when insiders from Uber’s Advanced Technologies Group revealed that potentially lifesaving software was disabled in the vehicle that last year killed an Arizona pedestrian — because it triggered harsh braking too often at a time the company was trying to show progress to investors — it raised more questions of whether public testing is ready for prime time, and whether these vehicles can be trusted.

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