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Boeing crashes and Uber collision show passenger safety relies on corporate promises, not regulators’ tests

Advanced technologies deliver benefits every day. But, sometimes interactions with technology can go awry and lead to disaster. On March 10, the pilots aboard Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 were unable to correct a failure in one of the Boeing 737 Max 8’s automated systems, resulting in a crash and the deaths of all passengers and crew. A year earlier, almost to the day, another automated vehicle – not an airplane but an Uber self-driving car – struck and killed Elaine Herzberg in Tempe, Arizona.

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