Police Release Video of Deadly Self-Driving Uber Crash

25 March, 2018, 01:39 | Author: Shannon Aguilar
  • Tempe Police Department have released dash cam video from the deadly Uber crash in Tempe on Sunday night.                      TEMPE POLICE DEPARTMENT

Herzberg's death occurs at time when eagerness to put autonomous vehicles on public roads is accelerating in Silicon Valley, the auto industry and state and federal governments.

Two experts have viewed video of a deadly self-driving vehicle crash in suburban Phoenix and say the Uber SUV's laser and radar sensors should have spotted the victim and her bicycle and braked. "Uber was struggling to meet its target of 13 miles between intervention" in Arizona, according to the article.

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And there also was pressure to live up to a goal to offer a driverless auto service by the end of the year and to impress top executives.

The Uber test operator involved in a recent fatal accident was a convicted felon and had a history of traffic violations, according to The Wall Street Journal.

When Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi joined the company in August, he reportedly thought about shutting down its self-driving vehicle program, according to the Times. Uber has suspended all testing of its self-driving vehicles until the investigation is closed.

And when that video was paired with footage from inside the vehicle showing the backup driver not watching the road in the moments before the crash, the problem turned even uglier for Uber.

Waymo, formerly the self-driving auto project of Google, said that in tests on roads in California past year, its cars went an average of almost 5,600 miles before the driver had to take control from the computer to steer out of trouble.

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Chief of Police Sylvia Moir said, "It appears that the Uber would likely not be at fault" for the accident, as Herzberg was not crossing the street at the crosswalk when she was struck at 10 PM. He has touted Arizona's few regulations in his efforts to lure the companies to Arizona from California.

Earlier this month, Ducey issued an executive order that will allow companies to operate autonomous vehicles without a person on board. So as we develop self-driving technology, safety is our primary concern every step of the way.

Around October, Uber reduced the number of human backups in cars from two to one, according to the newspaper. "Our cars remain grounded, and we're assisting local, state and federal authorities in any way we can".

City Safety, Pedestrian Detection, and other names are given to these systems and they are not just available in pricey Volvos, but in mainstream cars like affordable Mazdas. They wanted to take him on a ride without human interventions to demonstrate that the cars could handle so-called edge cases, tricky road situations that are hard to predict.

Around the same time, Uber moved from two employees in every vehicle to one.

"Any accident like the one with Uber could deal a blow to the industry", Li said.

But Uber's autonomous cars are not operating almost as well as those of its competitors. After its strong California results, Waymo is now testing cars in Chandler, Arizona, a Phoenix suburb, with no safety drivers.


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