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Uber suspends self-driving tests after car kills pedestrian


It is the first time a self-driving vehicle has killed a pedestrian, and the event is already causing some to question the pace at which the technology is moving.

Peter Kurdock, director of regulatory affairs for Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety in Washington, called the Arizona crash tragic. But a similar piece of legislation is stalled in the U.S. Senate. John Thune (R-S.D.) in a statement obtained by Transport Topics. "If you're going take that first step out, then you're also going to be [the] first entity to have to suffer these kinds of issues", she said.

Temple police say Uber's Volvo SUV appeared to have been driving at 40 miles per hour, and didn't show any signs of trying to slow down, before it struck and killed a pedestrian who was walking her bike in the dark. She died of her injuries at a local hospital. But the agency essentially found that Mr. Brown was not paying attention to the road.

An Uber spokesperson said in a statement: "Our hearts go out to the victim's family". "We're fully cooperating with Tempe Police and local authorities as they investigate this incident".

Uber is halting its self-driving car tests in the United States and Canada, after a deadly pedestrian accident. The service matches users of Uber with either private cars or taxis. "Whenever you release a new technology there's a whole bunch of unanticipated situations", said Arun Sundararajan, a professor at New York University's business school. "Despite the fact that humans are also prone to error, we have as a society many decades of understanding of those errors".

The US Transportation Department is considering further voluntary guidelines that it says would help to foster innovation. Autonomous elevators were invented in 1900 - but it took Americans almost 50 years to get used to the idea. Companies need to take a deep breath.

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The accident could have far-reaching consequences for the new technology. Once the investigation concludes, the case will be referred to the Maricopa country attorney who will determine whether to bring charges. There were no passengers in the car at the time. A GM spokesman declined to comment, and a representative from Waymo did not return multiple requests for comment to Bloomberg News.

There will be an investigation of this accident as well, but my first thought is to wonder why the human 'backup driver' didn't stop the car and prevent this.

Drivers relying on Tesla's Autopilot technology have been involved in fatal car crashes.

"However, we could and should do more to ensure that the transition to self-driving cars is smoother".

Of course, manufacturers often tout the ability of autonomous vehicles to "see" beyond what normal human drivers can see, thanks to an expensive array of cameras, radars, and LIDAR sensors powering the car's perception.

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