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20 Marcha 2018, 01:46 | Cornelio Vivanco
A pedestrian was struck and killed by an Uber car in autonomous mode Tempe PD said
In the wake of the crash, Uber has suspended its self-driving operations in San Francisco, Pittsburgh, Phoenix and Toronto, the ridesharing service said.
The death of a woman in Arizona struck by a self-driving car with no human control, the first fatality involving a fully autonomous vehicle, is an event the nascent industry has long dreaded and comes at a sensitive time. The intersection itself wasn't marked with crossing signs - thereby possibly leading to miscalculation on the self-driving car's end when watching out for pedestrians. The Volvo XC90 SUV was in autonomous mode with an operator behind the wheel. "As soon as she walked into the lane of traffic she was struck", Tempe Police Sergeant Ronald Elcock told reporters at a news conference. And safe street advocates often bristle at law enforcement's description of crash circumstances that appear to place blame on the victims. "Frankly, I'd be much more concerned if they believed otherwise", he said.
But while the California Department of Motor Vehicles said Monday it would seek information from Uber about the deadly Arizona crash, it didn't say whether it would postpone the April 2 start of autonomous car tests in California without any human support behind the wheel.
The cause of the accident is entirely unknown at the moment, but it could lead to the first case of a death caused by a self-driving car. Just as such simple movements can often surprise motorists, software systems have not yet proved adept at predicting or reacting to such behavior.
Ducey's office expressed sympathy for Herzberg's family and said safety is the top priority. However, those developments will surely be on hold after a woman in Tempe, Arizonawas struck and killed by a driver-occupied autonomous vehicle.
In 2016 a man was killed after his Tesla car, operating in "Autopilot mode", failed to detect a crossing tractor trailer.
She added that the process shouldn't be halted, but regulators should start insisting that companies share with local municipalities their test data so better-informed decisions can be made as to when and how to expand test markets.
Uber and Waymo last week urged Congress to pass sweeping legislation to speed the introduction of self-driving cars into the United States. No serious injuries were reported, and the driver of the other car was cited for a violation. Though Arizona doesn't require it, California still mandates a human safety driver during all autonomous car testing.
"Our hearts go out to the victim's family", said Uber spokeswoman Sarah Abboud in a public statement. "When there's no sheriff in town, people get killed". The Calgary-based company plans to build a 150-truck fleet of 400-tonne capacity Komatsu trucks over the next six years. Why is Arizona allowed to be a hotbed for autonomous vehicle testing?
Hundreds of vehicles with automated driving systems have been on Arizona's roads.
Uber said they are suspending the use of their self-driving cars for both customer rides and testing. Too many mistakes and the public may turn its back on the technology. The vehicles are also designed to slow to a stop before colliding with any kind of potential obstruction. Rain, snow and ice are particularly challenging for autonomous cars. The CEO and company have also released statements through their Twitter accounts. She later died in hospital.
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