gzt: Various partially sourced tech rumors are saying Uber was running in this area with lidar off and/or a lot less lidar. It's all unsubstantiated so far.
Reuters have picked it up:
Seems the sensor count was lowered (significantly in the case of liar and cameras), when Uber changed the test fleet from Ford Fusions to the Volvos. Seems the remaining sole LIDAR on the roof has a blind spot within 3m of the vehicle:
"“If you’re going to avoid pedestrians, you’re going to need to have a side lidar to see those pedestrians and avoid them, especially at night,” Marta Hall, president and chief business development officer at Velodyne, told Reuters."
So thats Velodyne shoving Uber under the bus, then reversing the bus over Uber again. And again.