Uber self-driving auto strikes, kills pedestrian in Arizona

Marco Green
March 20, 2018

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Arizona has also welcomed other companies working on driverless technology, leading The Arizona Republic to proclaim a year ago that "With major testing by Waymo, Uber, General Motors, Ford and Intel, Arizona is more than holding its own in the race to attract the self-driving vehicle industry". "Our city leadership and Tempe Police will pursue any and all answers to what happened in order to ensure safety moving forward". Police said the vehicle did not seem to slow down as it approached the woman.

"We're within the phase of autonomous vehicles where we're still learning how good they are". In addition to this, Uber has also stopped all testing of such vehicles in the area of incidence temporarily.

The 49-year-old woman, Elaine Herzberg, was crossing the road outside a crosswalk when the Uber vehicle struck her, according to the Tempe Police Department.

Uber has expressed their deepest condolence and regret over this incident. Promising to keep oversight light, they invited the companies to test their robotic vehicles on the state's roads. "We should be terrified about human driving". "It will set consumer confidence in the technology back years, if not decades". Arizona officials wanted to lure companies working on self-driving technology out of neighboring California, where regulators had been less receptive. In April, California is expected to follow Arizona's lead and allow companies to test cars without a person in the driver's seat.

Swedish vehicle company Volvo stated the software controlling the auto in the crash was not its own.

There was a driver in the vehicle while in auto mode, but Moir also said it appears the driver could not have done much to avoid the pedestrian. In November, it was reported that Uber will buy 24,000 self-driving cars from vehicle manufacturing form Volvo.

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.

"Tempe has been supportive of autonomous vehicle testing because of the innovation and promise the technology may offer", Tempe Mayor Mark Mitchell said in a statement on Monday.

This now comes a context when another USA state, California, has just announced it would be issuing permits for operators to test autonomous cars without the human behind the wheel - so driverless cars without an actual driver on board could hit California roads as early as next month. Instead, it'll likely reinforce pre-existing beliefs about the technology.

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