Uber Crash Highlights Growing Safety Concern: Pedestrians

Uber Crash Highlights Growing Safety Concern: Pedestrians

Uber Crash Highlights Growing Safety Concern: Pedestrians

She looks up just as the vehicle collides with Herzberg.

When self-driving auto companies test their cars on the open road they measure the vehicles' success and improvement on a number of factors.

One shows the outside view while other shows the car's interior. "This appears to have been a serious failure of the Uber perception system". Investigations by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board may uncover any problems with the vehicle.

The New York Times is reporting that Uber knew of problems with its self-driving cars for months, before a collision that killed a pedestrian in Tempe on Sunday night. Convicted felon Rafaela Vasquez, 44, was at the wheel of the auto as it was in self-driving mode - a feature being tested by Uber in many cities across the US and Canada. Video released from inside the vehicle's viewpoint appears to show the pedestrian coming out of nowhere, illuminated by the vehicle's headlights only seconds before she is struck and killed.

The investigation is ongoing, and it is to be determined if any civil or criminal charges will be filed in Elaine Herzberg's death. However, as is evident from the video, the operator of this driverless auto was looking downwards and could spot the woman only at the very last moment. Riders who are picked up by a self-driving cars would likely recognize them from the presence of the exterior sensors.

In the statement, one of the partners at Bellah Perez, PLLC said the firm felt a "special responsibility to represent this case" as a law firm based in Arizona. "This is everything gone wrong that these systems, if responsibly implemented, are supposed to prevent".

Abuelsamid suggests that all autonomous vehicle systems go through a variety of tests to ensure they're operating correctly, including things as simple as recognizing traffic signs, lights, etc.

The video may pose more questions than it answers.


"The video is disturbing and heartbreaking to watch, and our thoughts continue to be with Elaine's loved ones", Uber said in an emailed statement after the video's release.

Tempe police chief Sylvia Moir told the San Francisco Chronicle Mr Vasquez had little time to react.

The Uber vehicle, which was in autonomous mode at the time of the crash, was being driven by 44-year-old Rafaela Vasquez, Uber told Phoenix New Times.

© 2018 Associated Press under contract with NewsEdge/Acquire Media. The plan says that autonomous vehicles will benefit the aging population, those with visual impairments and those looking to ease the burden of owning a vehicle themself. Authorities declined to explain the discrepancy in the driver's first name.

Well before Sunday's fatal accident, industry executives had begun to confront questions about whether self-driving cars can be trusted.

"There's obviously a range, some companies are probably doing a better job of it than others - whether Google's vehicle is better than Lyft's auto, I don't know - but the number of reported incidents is astoundingly small", Bigio said.

The company bans drivers convicted of violent crimes or any felony within the past seven years. Arizona Department of Corrections records show that in 2000, Vasquez was convicted of attempted armed robbery, receiving a five-year sentence in Maricopa County.

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