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Tempe Police Chief Says Uber "Likely Not" At Fault In Pedestrian Death

21 March 2018, 03:30 | Bernice Figueroa

Operator of self-driving Uber vehicle that killed pedestrian was felon

Uber suspends self-driving car testing after cyclist is killed

The woman, identified as 49-year-old Elaine Herzberg, was struck as she walked her bicycle across the street.

Uber's driver-less cars were first launched in 2016 in the USA city of Pittsburg, Prior to Sunday's accident, the pioneering rideshare platform had launched driver-less services in other Canadian and United States cities, including Toronto, Phoenix, and San Francisco.

Tempe police is looking into the crash alongside other national traffic bodies and Uber has suspended all testing of driverless cars as it "fully cooperates" with authorities.

The vehicle was in an autonomous mode, but had a human safety driver.

"It's possible that Uber's automated driving system did not detect the pedestrian, did not classify her as a pedestrian, or did not predict her departure from the median", Smith said in an email.

The path to a fully autonomous vehicle future always was going to be filled with zigs and zags simply because of the nature of cars, vehicle ownership, laws, the economy and social habits. Toyota Motor Corp. halted its "Chauffeur" autonomous driving tests.

The National Transportation Safety Board announced an investigation into the matter.

In the UK, Gatwick Airport is planning to test self-driving shuttle buses this summer.

Also, the police chief warned that "this is really new ground we're venturing into" if the AI responsible for driving the auto is ultimately found to be responsible for the accident. On March 1, following questions about the lax rules and the possibility of no-backup-driver testing, Ducey issued a new executive order with slightly more stringent requirements.

Consumer Watchdog, a lobby group that has warned of the risks of autonomous cars, on Monday called for a moratorium of such vehicles on public roads, describing the accident as a "tragedy we have been fighting years to prevent". Taking a lower scale and referencing May 7, 2017, that recorded 89 deaths in an auto crash, including Joshua Brown who died using autopilot mode, we can say, in the USA, human drivers kill approximately 88 people in auto crash daily.

As FT highlights, Apple's permit number not only shows that it is ramping up its autonomous vehicle technology testing in recent months by expanding its fleet, but 45 permits also tops Tesla's 39 permits and Uber's 29 permits.

Uber's one of several companies conducting testing of self-driving technology in Arizona.

"What this incident indicates is that the state of autonomous driving (and especially Uber) is very far from where it needs to be to become market-ready", Richard Windsor, technology analyst for London-based Edison Investment Research, said in a blog post on Tuesday.

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