Self-Driving Uber Car Crashes In Arizona - Kills Pedestrian

  • Self-Driving Uber Car Crashes In Arizona - Kills Pedestrian

Self-Driving Uber Car Crashes In Arizona - Kills Pedestrian

The technology behind self-driving cars is only a decade old, and various tests are still being carried out to find the feasibility of the whole concept. But the self-driving tech is still in its early phase.

The chief of police in Tempe, Arizona has now said Uber is unlikely to be at fault for an accident from one of their self-driving vehicles that struck and killed a woman.

The Uber vehicle that caused the accident was in autonomous mode, without a driver, although there was a person inside behind the wheel, as reported by the police.

Uber immediately suspended all road-testing of such autos in the in the Phoenix area, Pittsburgh, San Francisco and Toronto.

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After the incident, which happened at 10 p.m. Sunday, Herzberg was transferred to a nearby hospital, where she died from her injuries.

As per preliminary investigation, it was revealed by Sgt. Ronald Elcock, a Tempe police spokesman that Uber vehicle was moving at 40 miles/hour, which is the permissible speed.

However, two Democratic U.S. senators on Thune's committee, Ed Markey of MA and Richard Blumenthal of CT, said the Uber incident demands a tough response.

"Some incredibly sad news out of Arizona".

"Our hearts go out to the victim's family", Uber said in a statement. In a tweet, Uber expressed its condolences and said the company was fully cooperating with authorities. A Senate version would allow automakers, within three years, to each sell up to 80,000 self-driving vehicles annually if they could demonstrate to regulators they are as safe as current vehicles. The vehicle was operating in autonomous mode under the supervision of a driver.

But Transportation Secretary Elaine Chaos has said technology and automobile companies need to allay public fears of self-driving vehicles, citing a poll showing that 78 percent of people fear riding in autonomous vehicles.

As of now, in the last 10 years, Waymo, which is Google's self-driving vehicle project has driven more than 5 million miles in self-driving mode, while Uber's self-driven cars project has driven around 3 million miles. It is the first fatal hit by an autonomous vehicle. Overall, not more than 10 million miles must have been tested under the self-driven mode.

In 2016, Tesla Motors had said that the driver of a auto which was on Tesla's autopilot mode had died after an accident in United States' Florida. The Court, however, ruled that Tesla had no fault here, as the driver chose the unsafe route.

Usually, the self-driving cars are tested in a controlled environment.