Tagged: uber

Preliminary report on Uber’s driverless car fatality shows the need for tougher regulatory controls - Guest Work

Guest Author May 30, 2018

Robert Merkel, Monash University The US National Transportation Safety Board has released a damning preliminary report on the fatal crash in March between a cyclist and a driverless vehicle operated by Uber. The report does not attempt to determine “probable cause”. Nevertheless, it lists a number of questionable design decisions that appear to have greatly increased … Read More

Who’s to blame when driverless cars have an accident? - Guest Work

Guest Author Mar 21, 2018

Raja Jurdak, CSIRO and Salil S. Kanhere, UNSW The news that an Uber self-driving vehicle has killed a pedestrian in the US has made headlines around the world. It’s a reminder that the era of self-driving cars is fast approaching. Decades of research into advanced sensors, mapping, navigation and control methods have now come to … Read More

Uber ignorant - The Dismal Science

Eric Crampton Nov 25, 2016

Parliament’s transport select committee is considering how to modernise transport regulations… A lot of people who should have failed intermediate microeconomics like to make the following argument. The theory of perfect competition has perfect information as an underlying assumption Nobody has perfect information Therefore, government must regulate to protect people from bad choices because market failure. It’s wrong on a … Read More

Disruptive thinking: rocket fuel for Māori innovation - Mātau Taiao

Laura Goodall Jul 06, 2016

Dr Lance O’Sullivan was kicked out of school for disruptive behaviour. Twice. Now the award-winning Māori doctor has created another kind of disruption – an ambitious new health app that aims to speed up diagnosis and treatment times for common childhood illnesses. Māori innovation is skyrocketing.  The June 2016 statistics say it all: Māori innovation reached almost 65 percent … Read More

Uber Uber - The Dismal Science

Eric Crampton Dec 16, 2015

Well, the Ministry of Transport proposals around Uber could have been worse. This week’s white paper produced two preferred options. The first would place requirements on drivers; the second, on transport operators. The National Business Review asked me for comment on the proposals; here’s what I told them. “The government’s approach to taxicab regulation intends to avoid risks where … Read More

Future Schlock - Ariadne

Robert Hickson Dec 07, 2015

A sure sign of when to be skeptical of futurists’ (or journalists’) predictions is if the title conforms to the “Why x is the future of y” narrative. That’s just future schlock. (As in “cheap or inferior goods or material”). Take, for example, 3D printing is the future of manufacturing, Why lab-grown meat is the future of food … Read More