Afternoon Coffee: Self-Driving Uber Kills Pedestrian in Arizona, IC Precheck Announces Integration with Genesys Talent


Uber suffered a development setback Sunday when one of its autonomous cars struck and killed a woman in Tempe, Arizona, the New York Times reports. The incident is believed to be the first pedestrian fatality associated with self-driving technology.

IC Precheck Integrates

IC Precheck, a compliance product aimed at independent contractors (ICs), announced Monday it had formed a systems integration and business collaboration agreement with Genesys Talent, according to a press release. By combining talent cloud strategies with the additional acceleration of IC Precheck, the integration will allow Genesys to “design, build, and maintain highly available clouds of independent talent with reliable compliance assurance and unmatched onboarding times,” the companies said.

Brexit Progress

Negotiators for the E.U. and the U.K. agreed on terms to the latter’s 21-month transition period as it leaves the bloc in March 2019, the Wall Street Journal reports. These terms, however, were seen as the easiest elements to agree on, and other thorny issues — particularly the future of Ireland — still remained to be settled.

Investing in Almonds

And finally, a commodities update: With billions of dollars to use for long-term investments, Harvard University is looking toward an agricultural investment: almonds. The school is “developing around 1,480 acres of former potato fields and other farmland, building a new dam and planting trees that will take about three years to bear their first edible crops.”

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  1. Mark Lainchbury:

    The software seems to be a bit like a teenager “is there any good reason to stop” rather than a experienced driver “Is the place where my car is going to be in five seconds safe = Then Go”

  2. Panda:

    All self driving cars should be banned. No matter how good the technology is there is always something that can go wrong. How many times has the evening news reported problems with these cars. It is bad enough with some of these drivers out there to worry about and now cars driving them selves.

  3. Jim:

    I have a great idea,,,lets have self driving semi trucks hauling 80,000 lbs. Not a problem, with our technology we’ll have no problem stopping quick enough,,you’ll see. What a debacle this is going to be

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