Published: Sun, March 25, 2018
IT | By Jonathon Greene

Video released of Uber self-drive fatal crash

Video released of Uber self-drive fatal crash

Yesterday, Tempe police released video from the fatal crash involving an Uber self-driving SUV and a pedestrian.

This was likely the first known fatal accident involving a self-driving vehicle.

The footage shows the moments before the collision, but not the moment of impact.

"The victim did not come out of nowhere". Michael Bennett, an associate professor at Arizona State University who looks into people's reactions to AI, told the New York Times he knows one thing for sure: "These companies have to prove the technology is safe before advocating for it".

It's also worth noting most other self-driving cars possess sensor systems that actually perform worse than standard human vision in foggy conditions, so MIT's solution could be a significant step forward for the industry.

"The stage is now set for what will essentially be beta-testing on public roads with families as unwitting crash test dummies", the letter said.

The technology continues to evolve, but we're a long way from the utopian world where all vehicles are self-driving.

The video, Smith said, may not show the complete picture, but "this is strongly suggestive of multiple failures of Uber and its system, its automated system, and its safety driver". The XC90 pictured here is the make of the vehicle involved in the fatal accident in Tempe, Arizona.

The vehicle's onboard cameras show it was going approximately 38 miles per hour in autonomous mode, a safety driver in case of emergency appeared to be occasionally looking away from the road before the accident.

"Children, young people, older people, people with disabilities - what good autonomous technologies do is that they give them ability that they don't already have", Maynard said. "This is everything gone wrong that these systems, if responsibly implemented, are supposed to prevent".

In Taiwan, where traffic conditions are far more complicated than in the US, driverless vehicles should undergo numerous rounds of self-conducted tests to obtain sufficient data, operate on a fixed route, and abide by clear regulations and strong law enforcement, according to government officials, industry investors and experts.

Uber said Monday that it was pausing tests of all its self-driving vehicles on public roads in Pittsburgh, San Francisco, Toronto and the greater Phoenix area.

An Uber spokeswoman, reached Wednesday night by email, did not answer specific questions about the video or the expert observations.

The Uber test driver, Rafaela Vasquez, who has been cooperating with the investigation, has not responded to a CNN request for comment.

Tempe police spokesman Sgt. Ronald Elcock said impairment did not initially appear to be a factor for either Vasquez or Herzberg. Authorities declined to explain the discrepancy in the driver's first name.

Arizona's Governor Doug Ducey has been a champion of the self-driving vehicle industry. Later that year, Vasquez pleaded guilty to attempted armed robbery for participating in a staged robbery, according to court records.

Colorado state law prevents individuals with felony convictions, alcohol or drug-related driving offenses, unlawful sexual offenses and major traffic violations from working for rideshare companies.

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