Fatal Uber Self-Driving Crash Video Reveals More Details

Tempe Police Department have released dash cam video from the deadly Uber crash in Tempe on Sunday night.                      TEMPE POLICE DEPARTMENT

We will provide updated information regarding the investigation once it is available.

Following the death of Herzberg, Uber opted to pause testing on self-driving vehicles.

The fatality has now raised more questions over the safety of self-driving vehicles, and will likely affect future industry regulations.

The video shows the vehicle traveling in the right-hand lane of a divided four-lane roadway. She keeps looking down at something for several seconds in the moments before the crash.

No explanation has been offered as yet regarding the car's inability to detect a pedestrian moving across the range of its many sensors and why the human safety driver appears to be distracted. In Arizona, autonomous vehicle safety drivers are only required to have a valid driver's license, just like any other driver on the road.

Applicants must be legal entities equipped with mature driverless auto technology, and be able to provide both detailed operation and insurance plans, he said. We're heartbroken by what happened this week, and our cars remain grounded.

A tragic accident this week occurred when a Volvo XC90 modified by Uber to drive autonomously struck and killed a middle-aged woman slowly walking a bicycle across the street.

Uber also planned to seek regulatory approval by December to start a commercial service using its autonomous vehicles, the Times reported, leading to "pressure to live up to a goal to offer a driverless auto service by the end of the year and to impress top executives". While cameras do not perform well in the dark, radar and Lidar can work at night.

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"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", Moir told the San Francisco Chronicle after examining the video.

The Tempe Police Department said it was investigating the crash, and has not determined whether the vehicle was at fault.

"There's a reason there's a safety driver there, because Uber wasn't confident of the performance of that vehicle under those condition at that time", said Bryant Walker Smith, an assistant professor of law at the University of SC and an expert on autonomous cars.

But one expert disagrees with that assessment.

"Shadows don't matter to Lidar", said Cummings.

"The video is disturbing and heartbreaking to watch, and our thoughts continue to be with Elaine's loved ones", an Uber spokesperson said in a recent statement. They are charged the normal Uber X fare and can decline the self-driving experience if they want a human to do the driving, the company said. Lawmakers have had to juggle the need to encourage innovations that promise to dramatically improve safety on roads with current public safety concerns.

The first real autonomous cruise control was introduced in 1995 (Level 1), while most of today's new cars incorporate technology that would be considered Level 2.

Arizona's Governor Doug Ducey has been a champion of the self-driving auto industry.

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