Uber suspends self-driving auto testing after cyclist is killed

Uber suspends self-driving auto testing after cyclist is killed”

Uber autonomous auto causes first death by a self-driving vehicle; company responds on Twitter.

The 49-year-old woman, Elaine Herzberg, was crossing the road outside of a crosswalk when the Uber vehicle operating in autonomous mode under the supervision of a human safety driver struck her, according to the Tempe Police Department. He said he did not yet know how close Herzberg was to the vehicle when she stepped into the lane. However, after the incident and with federal safety regulators sending teams to investigate the crash, several congressmen have halted their efforts over safety concerns.

Uber's self-driving software or autonomous mode requires cars to be fitted with a variety of equipment in order to detect its surroundings.

Uber and Waymo on Friday urged Congress to pass sweeping legislation to speed the introduction of self-driving cars into the United States. Leaders at Alphabet have, for years, fretted that a death from a crash or reckless public road tests by a competitor could spark overbearing rules.

But the non-profit Consumer Watchdog has warned that roads are being turned "into private laboratories for robot cars with no regard for our safety".

The public's image of the vehicles will be defined by stories like the crash in Tempe, said Bryant Walker Smith, a University of SC law professor who studies self-driving vehicles. "That's why Uber and Waymo test there".

In the field of human endeavour, people get hurt and people get killed.

"This tragic accident underscores why we need to be exceptionally cautious when testing and deploying autonomous vehicle technologies on public roads".

Tempe is one of just two cities - along with Pittsburgh - where the ride-sharing firm has been using autonomous vehicles as part of its regular passenger. In November, it was reported that Uber will buy 24,000 self-driving cars from vehicle manufacturing form Volvo.

An autonomous vehicle operated by Uber Technologies crashed into and killed a pedestrian in Tempe, Arizona, USA, on the morning of March 18, 2018. "The Uber fatality could turn out to be the thing that makes the general public more skeptical", said Bryant Walker Smith, a professor at the University of South Carolina's School of Law who studies driverless vehicle regulations. The company envisions a network of autonomous cars that would be summoned through the Uber app that would supplement - and eventually replace - human-driven cars. The company also tests in Pittsburgh and Toronto.

Chief Moir stated "It's very clear it would have been hard to avoid this collision in any kind of mode autonomous or human-driven based on how she came from the shadows right into the roadway The driver said it was like a flash, the person walked out in front of them, his first alert to the collision was the sound of the collision". Uber settled that lawsuit last month for $245 million.

Uber has said its ability to build autonomous cars is essential to its success in the rapidly changing transportation industry.

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