Self-driving auto kills pedestrian

Self-driving auto kills pedestrian

Self-driving auto kills pedestrian

The auto involved, like all of the ride-hailing giant's autonomous cars it's testing on public roads, had a safety operator behind the wheel, and the vehicle was in self-driving mode during the time of the crash.

Elaine Herzberg was pushing a bicycle across the street in Tempe, Arizona at around 10pm on Sunday evening when she was struck by a vehicle. But Monday's accident underscored the possible challenges ahead for the promising technology as the cars confront real-world situations involving real people. The entire details of the incident are not out yet, but it is revealed that the vehicle also had a human driver behind the wheel as a backup.

Rafaela Vasquez was at the wheel of the vehicle, which was in auto mode, when it struck Elaine Herzberg as she was walking a bicycle outside the crosswalk in Tempe at 10 p.m. on Sunday night.

"We are aware that Uber is cooperating with local authorities in their investigation", Volvo said in a statement after the crash.

He stressed that it "would have been hard to avoid this collision in any kind of mode based on how she came from the shadows right into the roadway".

The US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) confirmed they were opening an investigation into the incident, and sending a small team of special crash investigators to Tempe.

While Uber is still in the early days of our self-driving efforts, every day of testing leads to improvements.

According to Colorado state law, those with previous felony convictions for alcohol or drug-related driving offenses, major traffic violations and sexual offenses are not permitted to work for ridesharing companies such as Uber and Lyft.

The number of states considering legislation related to autonomous vehicles gradually has increased each year, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Moir's comments would seem to contradict Arizona's newly updated rules governing the testing of autonomous vehicles on public roads.

Self-driving cars are trapped in a chicken-and-egg conundrum: while they arguably need to become a regular sight on our roads before we can accept them as viable modes of transport, there's little point in companies funneling billions of pounds into developing them if humans are too scared to ride in them. Last week, a self-driving Uber crashed with another vehicle in Pittsburgh, local news reported.

"Our plans to commercially launch in dense urban environments in 2019 remain unchanged but, as we've said from the start, we will not launch until we are satisfied that it is safe to do so", GM said in a statement.

The vehicle was in an autonomous mode, but had a human safety driver. Along with technology, this incident raises questions on safety drivers' ability to monitor the system efficiently.

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