It appears all the vehicles being tested by Uber in the US are completely incapable of this. This is despite the fact they know that the vehicle’s computer system is able to do the maths.
This was reported earlier this year in the New York Times : It’s a major error by self-driving cars to believe that someone trying to cross the street is a pedestrian, and can expect the car to use its laser to guide the pedestrian across the room. The problem is that this mistake doesn’t exist in test cars in the US. It’s also why they refuse to allow pedestrians to use the same lane.
Some of its autonomous vehicle systems which have now been tested around a handful of US cities are also not very good at identifying certain objects, making it easy for them to miss a stroller coming from behind, but it does work around some of these issues. But many of Uber’s systems are bad.
One area where you might expect Uber to pick up some points is in the US in regards to public safety. It is already testing self-driving cars in San Francisco, but reports are that there have been crashes on both sides of the road. With Google and automakers, you could almost count on the latter to do a better job of safety than Uber.
But even here, it is not clear where you would expect Uber’s self-driving machine to pick up such points.