Uber halts self-driving tests in US and Canada after Arizona pedestrian death

Uber says it has suspended all of its self-driving testing including operations in Toronto following a fatal pedestrian accident involving the vehicles in the Arizona. In this undated photo provided by Uber, a Ford Fusion hybrid outfitted with radars, laser scanners and high-resolution cameras drives along the streets of Pittsburgh. (Canadian Press/Associated Press/Uber)

Pedestrian death could be first involving a self-driving vehicle, according to report

Mar 19 2018 – CBC News

A spokesperson for Uber Canada confirmed the company has halted tests in San Francisco, Phoenix, Pittsburgh and Toronto.

My Comments

The pedestrian crossed outside of a crosswalk while walking with a bicycle. Lots of question left unanswered in this article. Was the operator behind the wheel attentive as required by driverless vehicle pilot program legislation in place in many jurasdictions? Are inside cameras with blackbox type recorders required to verify this?

Hopefully the investigation will determine who is responsible and if needed liable, the pedestrian, operator, Uber or manufacture (s).

Often drivers have too little time to stop fast enough to prevent collision with a pedestrian walking out like this. Can a driverless car react faster? Probably under perfect conditions and with well designed and functioning equipment. What about under less than ideal circumstances? Can driverless cars not operate or pull over safely when conditions are less ideal than a set threshold? What happens when these change rapidly?

More from the article:

…in December 2017, the Ontario provincial government sought public comments on a proposal to change the pilot project there to allow for driverless testing of fully autonomous vehicles. Participants would have to be approved by the province’s Ministry of Transportation. The comment period on the proposal closed on Feb. 4.

Are we / they ready for this?

Discussions and original article

https://www.facebook.com/cbcmanitoba/posts/10156235269509400

http://www.cbc.ca/beta/news/business/uber-tempe-autonomous-pedestrian-killed-1.4582706

http://www.cbc.ca/1.4582706

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Why men fight, rape and kill

Mar 2, 2018

CBC As It Happens interview with Author Daemon Fairless who says he wanted to get at the root of male violent impulses — including his own — in his new book Mad Blood Stirring: The Inner Lives of Violent Men.

Fairless is a former As It Happens producer.

Listen to the podcast and read more about this in the article or story transcript to hear some of his important message for men and women about this serious subject. Learn what can be done to help prevent this violence, here and in his book.

http://www.cbc.ca/listen/shows/as-it-happens/segment/15523825

Daemon Fairless explores the psychology of male violence.

Mallika Viegas/CBC)

https://www.google.ca/amp/www.cbc.ca/amp/1.4556164

Story transcript

http://www.cbc.ca/radio/asithappens/as-it-happens-friday-edition-1.4556159/march-2-2018-episode-transcript-1.4563433

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Reigning in out of control administrative spending in education in at least MB

Over 9% increase in administrative costs in 3 years and other unsustainable increases before that in several school divisions in at least Winnipeg.

LRSD School Board increased school taxes last year instead of reigning in out of control administrative spending on bureaucracy and related misuse of funds. This allowed them to maintain funding at the School level but on the backs of taxpayers already paying some of the highest rates of taxes, leves, fees and fines in Canada.

Winnipeg One didn’t raise school taxes last year, likely due to a larger number of lower income residents and families. Instead of reigning in out of control administrative spending they have cut funding at the school level when quality of education is already low.

The claim that their way above average pay and annual increases is justified for the large number of students and staff in the division is dispelled by the fact other Provinces and Cities in Canada have much larger divisions, lower costs per student and better performance. There is also information to dispelled the claim that the lower performance and ranking is due to exceptional circumstances and the difference between top and bottom is only 2%. There is things that can be done while still keeping spending sustainable.

Only comparing within MB after 8 or more years of the speNDP and some of the lowest rankings for efficiency and performance in Canada is more than just irresponsible.

I am glad the PC’s are reducing the max for admin costs and leveling the playing field for tax payers by collapsing the huge number of individual collective bargaining units. They were letting the worst negotiated contracts become the norm. They also need to take back control of taxation from school property taxes which is being used as a loop hole in some divisions.

Winnipeg school budgets: What does your school superintendent make?

Join the discussion for solutions

https://facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=10155976371106745&id=699936744

To get more informed of these issues and what needs to be done to put more back in your pocket and the economy read the following:

https://yaworski.net/2018/02/20/reduce-bureaucracy-in-education-vs-removing-class-size-caps-and-teachers/

https://yaworski.net/2016/10/06/only-in-manitoba-question-mark-dismal-state-of-healthcare-police-justice-education-first-nations-canadians-and-infrastructure/

https://yaworski.net/2016/05/07/reducing-taxes-and-improving-quality-of-education-in-mb/

Manitobans need to demand they get more in return for some of the highest rates of taxes, fees and fines in Canada
http://wp.me/p1fJaD-vg

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Pros of minimum living wages far outweight cons

Detailed article from the Globe and Mail that looks at minimum living wages according to skill, industry and working evenings, weekends or OT. In Australia it has contributed to lower averages of household debt, price index and unemployment than Canada. It did not negatively impact GDP or disadvantage employers who chose to pay employees well. It has less need for complex and costly to manage government entitlement programs for low income workers. The pros far outweighed the cons.

They don’t claim it is the answer to many of the social issues we and our governments face. It is also probably not accurate to compare one country to another using only one area of policy. However being part of the Commonwealth we are similar in many ways. Regardless it is worthy of debate by our elected leaders as part of an overall strategy to improve the situation for many struggling Canadians.

Have or will Canadians chose leaders at the Federal and Provincial levels that can look long term and not be influenced by self or special interests?

Australia pays fast-food workers $20 an hour and the sky hasn’t fallen

N

SPECIAL TO THE GLOBE AND MAIL

FEBRUARY 20, 2018

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/small-business/talent/australia-pays-fast-food-workers-20-an-hour-and-the-sky-hasnt-fallen/article38026876/

Related article

When Corporations Sue Countries For Profit

https://dailykos.com/stories/2015/2/11/1361760/-When-Corporations-Sue-Countries-For-Profit

Archive of above globe article

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Out of control parking enforcement in Winnipeg including firelanes and issues contesting or appealing

Feb 22 2018 – Kevin Yaworski – WiseUpWinnipeg

Using the City of Winnipeg Open Data Systems and some in person investigation we have identified serious issues with manual and automated parking enforcement including in fire lanes when improperly sign posted and inadequate warnings or education.

Long but important message and call for action from all members and the many viewing who care about fair and lawful treatment of the public on the road in the court room as well as improving transparency and accountability in government and public services.

We will not be ignored or deceived when we are informed and work collectively with meaningful actions. Below is more info and then some suggested simple actions we can all do to make a difference.

Thanks to several members that helped document and investigate these issues. You deserve credit and if you would like to be named let me know and I will edit.

To join joint the discussion
https://www.facebook.com/groups/WiseUpWinnipeg/permalink/10154983495616222/

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Tougher distracted driving laws proposed

First responders and police are seeing more minor and deadly impacts from distracted driving.
Proposed legislation in Ontario to allow suspending drivers for 3 days and up to $1000 fine and increasing for repeat offenders.
Some countries are considering or have passed legislation for offences for looking down while driving to try and combat those that use a mobile device overtly.
I removed the previous link as it’s title was click bait. No law passed yet that we are aware and it would not be roadside but only after a court conviction. It just proposed.
Regardless distracted driving has become more than a social issue. I assume many of us will agree with harsher consequences if it will change behavior. Unfortunately enforcement 1st without education and engineering never does.
Enforcement should be used as a supplement to proper investments in engineering and education. In Winnipeg unlike the rest of Canada it is the opposite. Also police should only charge those they are certain the offense occurred. Several cases of officers in Wpg ticketing when the driver didn’t even have or own a phone, bullying or threatening when drivers exercising their charter rights and other abuse of authority.
Aggressive enforcement should also not come at the expense of preventing, investigating and solving serious crimes (violent and property) which it has in Winnipeg.
On top of education how about engineering that renders a mobile device inoperable in the vehicle within arms reach of a repeat offender or all vehicles as in other safety features made mandatory.
I agree with drawing the line somewhere and the concern about becoming a nanny state. However after observing many drivers behavior 1st hand, talking to police and 1st responders and learning more about the real issues with smart phone addiction many see this is a more serious issue then most other distractions.

That said engineering / technologies and education has to the priority to combat this new real safety risk. Enforcement should only be used to supplement and must be used fairly and lawfully which to date has not been the case. Also all revenue must go to real and transparent safety improvements not general coffers or bloated police budgets, salaries, benefits and pensions.

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MPIC once again misleading Parliament, GoM and MB PUB

Feb 22 2018 – Kevin Yaworski – WiseUpWinnipeg

**** DRAFT ****

Related:
In Oct 2017 we posted:
Province of Manitoba, City of Winnipeg and MPIC supporting Road to Zero / Vision Zero Strategy – What this really means
In Dec 2016 we posted
MB PC’s do 180 and support PUB approving 3.7% rate hike for MPIC instead of reining in out of control spending 

In Sept 2016 we posted:
 MPIC diverting Millions to Police for $afety initiatives most of which are a waste and actually putting the public at risk

While the PC party was the official opposition they objected to MPIC rate increases and identified just some of the funds being wasted at MPIC.  We and others have identified many more.  The previous NDP majority govs ignored this and allowed or supported rate increases without requiring MPIC to reign in out of control spending.  Now the PC majority gov is doing the same thing.  The MPIC Board and MP PUB members are appointed by the government in power.  Since WUW exposed this the PC party has removed the page on their website that confirmed it but we have got an copy from internet archive.  The PC party and elected officials involved have refused to respond when asked about this and other serious public safety and interest concerns.  More info below.

MPIC did or tried to give a presentation to MB PUB and or GoM which includes many parts that are false or misleading.  This includes the MPIC, GoM, WPS and CoW Road to Zero – Vision Zero Safety Strategy for 2017 – 2020 that we have already exposed as $afety revenue focused with little to no improvement in engineering, transparency and accountability.  This plan has much more focus on reduced speed limits, new legislation (expanding automated (photo and …) enforcement and much less focus on education and real safety initiatives.   It is also filed with false misleading information. Links to more info below.

Soon as we saw the name Ward Keith (VP with MPIC and with them since at least 2005) on the presentation below we became even more suspicious as he has supported and announced many $afety initiatives in the media filled with $afety propaganda.

Why does the public need a VP of Business Development and Communications and similar directors, high paid execs or senior mgmt for a government mandated monopoly that has a (strict?) mandate including refunding overcharges?  Learn more here.

How many of the following are Ward Keith’s ideas or is he just the messenger?  Regardless he supporting in media and with presentation to our elected and appointed officials.

 

 

MPI diverting overcharges on the following instead of refunding as required by legislation:

Education and Enforcement should be done and funded by independent government bodies not by rate payers.

– For Pilot $afety Studies:
MPIC Diverted $500k to WPS for “better” signage, “visibility” and “enhanced enforcement” at some of MPIC top 10 “most dangerous” intersections while ignoring proper engineering and investing much less on education.  To make matters worse this is not new behavior for them.  WUW filed FIPPA requests about this after many members and the general public reported and documenting WPS at Bishop and St. Mary’s parked unlawfully and unsafely with marked and unmarked vehicles on crosswalks, meridian, bus stops, after intersection (not visible warning) etc… This included one case captured on video where someone called 911 as they thought the unmarked car on crosswalk was involved in an accident.  Firetruck attended, approached the car and they officer sped off.

 

 
WPS and MPIC tried to deny and then delay the FIPPA response until Ombudsman complaint filed.  Then they redacted and severed information without valid reasons siting it would put senior officers (consultants) in danger, would affect the integrity of the safety study etc… There was still enough info to expose senior MPIC and WPS more concerned about funds used to counter budget reduction attempts and not enough violations issued (reoccurring demerit revenue) than visible signage boards (only up for limited time) and enforcement (unmarked cars vs. marked) etc…  WPS was also hoping the data or results would allow more funding in the future.  The date proved there was no issue with speed and the study was flawed in may ways and it’s main goal was to divert funds to WPS.

MPIC CEO, Mayor Bowman, the Police Chief and others signed the agreement for this pilot study.  Escobar (now resigned and …), Councillors Brian Mayes and Janice Lukes and others have been involved in this including studies that ignored dangerous engineering (short 4 sec amber at large 80 km/hr intersections, missing AWF, high rate of rear end collisions,  missing pedestrian count down timers and more) and recommending more studies of up to 18 months etc..  Stay tuned for more info on the trial with engineer brought in to be expert witness.  Closing arguments and decision in March.

MPIC diverting Millions to Police for $afety initiatives most of which are a waste and actually putting the public at risk

– For Police to enforce in Reduced Speed School Zones with inadequate signage
Numbers media coverage of funding diverted to WPS, other Municipal and RCMP Police  .  Yet they ignoring certified engineers recommendations that say they don’t improve safety and all that is needed is proper signage and flashing lights when kids present.  CAA also recommended these lights and the CoW ignored free offer from private sector for installation and maintenance of the lights.  www.wiseupwinnipeg.com/flashinglights

– Funding Police for distracted driving enforcement while investing less on better education
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/mpi-and-police-team-up-to-target-distracted-drivers-1.3053903
– Is MPIC paying for or subsidising CAA Memberships for new drivers?
http://winnipegsun.com/2017/09/05/caa-mpi-offer-reward-to-new-drivers/wcm/13e1aa8f-e68c-47e2-8be9-4f6507c854a1

PUB Orders
PRESENTATION OF WARD KEITH
VICE PRESIDENT, BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT &
COMMUNICATION AND CHIEF PRODUCT OFFICER
October 2017

Pages that stood out and draft of responses started for some.

p16
Downward trend continues for motor vehicle fatalities
and fatal collisions despite growth in number of
drivers and vehicles
o  Increase in total fatalities in 2016 is not an indication of long‐term trend reversal
o 2017 preliminary fatalities are tracking well below five‐year average.
With their and Transport Canada stats showing downward trend in fatalities and serious injures why are they promoting so much Enforcement before Engineering and Education with the Road to Zero – Vision Zero and other “safety” initatives?

They are mostly picking and choosing only the parts of the Road to Zero and Vision Zero strategies that proven ineffective elsewhere for improving safety but can lead to higher enforcement revenue.  e.g. More reduced speed limits in urban and rural areas when many already artificially reduced against certified engineers recommendations and the national standards they rely on to protect the public and ensure safe and efficient traffic flow.  It is well documented that these artificially reduced locations also have inadequate or purposely removed signage and are aggressively enforced by 3rd party For Profit photo enforcement partners Traffic Safe Solutions (TSS) and Xerox / Conduent  and traditional officer enforcement.

With this Road to Zero initiative TSS, Conduent, MPIC, WPS, CoW, and GoM also want to expand automated enforcement (photo and …), more officer enforcement and more traffic “safety” legislation.  Not one word about starting to enforce the Conditions of Authority which has been ignored by the Province since Photo Enforcement implemented in 2003 in return for 50% share of the $afety revenue.  No word of enforcing other transparency or accountability legislation and measures or improving this legislation.

Nothing in this initiative / strategy / plan, presentation or in Manitoba Justice annual reports about the much higher than Canadian average rate of alleged simple traffic, parking and bylaw violations and rate of contesting (25% or more) or the upward trend of both.  Nothing about correcting the resulting issues in MB Courts (MB SCC / POC, PC and QB), appeals and motions with unfair or unlawful tickets, tickets to wrong owners, multiple tickets to same owner less than a minute apart but mailed a week apart, delays to go to trial of 24 months or more, lack of or late disclosure, right to face accuser denied or made more difficult and other legal rights and due process issues.  They ignoring this as the root cause is the aggressive targeting of the known and often dangerous and created engineering deficiencies in proper and safe signage, speed limits, intersection amber times and others.  Similar with G4S Tech / WPA aggressively targeting of known and crated parking signage deficiencies (obscured, missing, confusing etc…) plus legislation, bylaw and policy changes that result in more tickets being issues even if unfair or unlawful.

Addressing these known and created deficiencies would mean losing up to $100M per year (of already heavily taxed income) which works out to over $600M with velocity of money (a dollar changes hands on avg 6 times) taken out of the economy or over $6 Billion since 2003.  That much money would have generated a lot of economic growth and legitimate tax revenue.  Instead they letting the few benefit at the expense of the many, society and the economy.  There are other indirect costs and impacts with more officers directed, diverted or asked to volunteer to work regular time or Pensionable OT on traffic duty with net loss to WPS (tax payers).  This even before OT to attend Court, Court Costs etc… or the impact this is having on the focus on serious crime (organised, violent, property, government, corporate, blue collar etc…).  The serious crime rate in Winnipeg is at or near the worst in Canada and one of only two places in Canada where it is not decreasing.

The latest legislation changes from the PC majority government some of which drafted by the previous NDP majority gov take away more due process rights and make it harder to stand up for charter and other legal rights for alleged traffic, parking and bylaw alleged offeces.  It also now requires leave to appeal be granted by a Justice before appeal hearing even when there is so many known and proven issues in the lower court.  This used to be a given right if the appeal application completed correctly.  This on top of a trend of many documented or independently reported cases of bias, errors, lying, misleading, bullying or perjury by operators, officers, clerks, crown, JJP’s or Justices with little to no consequence.

MPIC stats and Transport Canada Stats prove downward trend in fatalities and serious injuries and this well before $afety revenue became the priority over proper engineering, education, diverting MPIC overcharges to $afety initiatives that also ignore proper engineering, education, fairness.  If the engineering issues and polices corrected and better education this trend would improve even more along with less claims,

MPIC diverting Millions to Police for $afety initiatives most of which are a waste and actually putting the public at risk

 

City of Winnipeg and WPS failing to meet the Conditions of Authority from the Province for the Photo Enforcement Program
Province of Manitoba, City of Winnipeg and MPIC supporting Road to Zero / Vision Zero Strategy – What this really means
To learn more about the MBEA, POC and related legislation, bylaw and policy changes related to traffic, parking and bylaw enforcement and related visit:
http://www.wiseupwinnipeg.com/new_plea_process
http://www.wiseupwinnipeg.com
http://www.facebook.com/groups/wiseupwinnipeg.com – pinned post and nested links within it.

p.19
Behavior Change Priorities

Order of priorities is not correct?

1. Distracted Driving
 – Serious but over stated or estimated?
2. Speed
– almost never the cause or even a substantial factor
3. Impaired Driving
     – why are the numerous reports of police ignoring calls from outside bars of drunk drives yet MPIC and Police rely on after the fact Check Stops and they issue 100’s of minor violations at each one and very few DUI?  Why are there allegations of it ignored as it hurts tax revenue from alcohol sales.  Distrust proven by the large number of the public that do not condone DUI but join large FB Groups to avoid the delay, hassle and risk minor violation.Pedestrian Safety
   – Should be higher up as the leading cause of pedestrian fatalities is pedestrian error?
Following Too Closely
– dangerously short amber times creates more rear end collections, injuries and claims etc…
Failure to Use Occupant Restraints
    – Did the RCMP not state the # 1 cause of fatalities at least in Rural was failure to wear seat belt?
Motorcyclist Safety
Cyclist Safety
  – Better infrastructure like many cycling friendly cities have done prevent accidents
– Promotes active healthy lifestyle and reduced healthcare costs etc…
 
PUB Orders

p32
Provide analysis of road safety budgets of SGI and ICBC, including
mandate of those insurers, their annual road safety budgets,
and budget breakdown by initiative, compared to MPI’s road
safety budget

What criteria are they using to compare.  Have there been an independent assessment of MPIC and these other public insurers?
How about compare value for money from private insurance in the Provinces that offer this like AB and …?

p.36
PUB Order 10.29
File the Road Safety Plan prepared by the Provincial Road Safety
Committee and produce a witness from the Government of
Manitoba in the 2018 GRA hearings to provide a presentation of
the Road Safety Plan
• Road to Zero has been filed
• MPI lacks authority to compel the Government

See summary of our response to this initiative / plan already above and in large draft here:
Province of Manitoba, City of Winnipeg and MPIC supporting Road to Zero / Vision Zero Strategy – What this really means

 

p38
PUB Oder 10.312
Clarify the Corporation’s stance on the use of the Safe systems
model or a Vision Zero target for collisions
• Adoption of a Safe Systems model and Toward Zero approach to road safety
requires jurisdictional support which would be achieved through the
Provincial Road Safety Committee
• MPI supports the adoption of these approaches by the Provincial Road
Safety Committee

See summary of our response to this initiative / plan already above and in large draft here:
Province of Manitoba, City of Winnipeg and MPIC supporting Road to Zero / Vision Zero Strategy – What this really means

Source:

2018 General Rate Application
http://www.pubmanitoba.ca/v1/proceedings-decisions/appl-current/pubs/2018%20mpi%20gra/mpi_004_road_to_zero_manitoba_road_safety_plan.pdf

Powerpoint
Update on committee work provided Road to Zero: Manitoba
Road Safety Plan 2017
Released September 29

http://www.pubmanitoba.ca/v1/proceedings-decisions/appl-current/pubs/2018%20mpi%20gra/mpi_012_loss_prevention_road_safety_by_ward_keith.pdf

Searching GoM site for Road to Zero:
http://discovery.gov.mb.ca/search?q=Road+to+zero&entqr=0&output=xml_no_dtd&sort=date%3AD%3AL%3Ad1&ud=1&oe=iso-8859-1&filter=0&ie=iso-8859-1&client=manitoba&proxystylesheet=manitoba&site=default_collection

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