Self-driving Uber auto hits, kills pedestrian in Arizona

After this accident, they have stopped all their tests in Tampa, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, San Francisco and Toronto, which is standard procedure for Uber. What are the companies that are designing and deploying self-driving cars doing to prevent crashes like this? The victim was a 49-year-old woman, who police report was walking outside the crosswalk at the time of the crash.

The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board has sent a team to investigate the crash. He told reporters at a news conference Monday the Uber vehicle was traveling around 40 miles per hour when it hit Helzberg immediately as she stepped on to the street.

Police added that the driver showed no signs of impairment and that prosecutors will be looking at the case for possible charged. She died shortly after being hit by an Uber-operated vehicle on a public road.

Automakers and technology companies such as Uber, General Motors Co and Toyota Motor Corp have made substantial investments that hinge on significant revisions to existing vehicle safety regulations written under the assumption that a licensed human would always be in control of a vehicle. Personally, I'm hoping this tragic incident leads to federal guidelines and rules governing the development of autonomous vehicle systems. But Moir said there appears to be little he could have done to intervene before the crash. But NACTO also recommends that the vehicles be fully autonomous, with no opportunity for human intervention, which has been deemed safer by several groups, like the Self-Driving Coalition for Safer Streets. But they do have faults. What we can say for a certain is that a driver was situated around the wheel. "Until we understand the testing and deployment of these systems further, we need to take our time and work through the evolution of the technology", he says. As of early March, the agency received 59 such reports.

The company's CEO Dara Khosrowshahi also weighed in on Twitter, saying "some incredibly sad news out of Arizona". Last November, a spokesperson for the non-profit Consumers for Auto Reliability and Safety expressed concerns about the state's lack of safety, data-reporting, and liability provisions to The New York Times: "It's open season on other Arizona drivers and pedestrians". The incident has sparked an uncomfortable debate, though, about the many self-driving cars already on roads and whether they're ready to be there. Police believe she may have been homeless.

In California, where testing without a backup driver was just weeks away from being permitted, Jessica Gonzalez, a spokeswoman for the state Department of Motor Vehicles, said officials were in the process of gathering more information about the Tempe crash.

  • Leroy Wright