United States police release video of fatal collision with Uber self-driving vehicle

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Sunday night's crash in Tempe was the first death involving a fully autonomous test vehicle. Tempe Police Vehicular Crimes Unit said it is actively investigating the details of this incident, while Herzberg's loved ones and autonomous vehicle experts argue that the sensors should have detected her and slowed the SUV down. "Uber was struggling to meet its target of 13 miles between intervention" in Arizona, according to the article.

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Because of Sunday's fatality, Uber has temporarily halted its self-driving operations in all cities where it's been testing its vehicles, including Tempe, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, San Francisco and Toronto.

But while California requires self-driving auto companies to report problems they are having, Arizona has no such requirements. Uber has suspended all testing of its self-driving vehicles until the investigation is closed.

But we also see that the test driver was looking down and not at the road, and only seems to notice Herzberg within the last second before the crash.

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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".

The footage also shows a view of the vehicle's interior and the driver at the wheel.

Waymo and Cruise, a self-driving vehicle company owned by GM, reported their "intervention" numbers to California regulators.

"As we develop self-driving technology, safety is our primary concern every step of the way", said Matt Kallman, an Uber spokesman. "We continue to assist investigators in any way we can". Unlike California, where Uber had been testing since spring of 2017, Arizona state officials had taken a hands-off approach to autonomous vehicles and did not require companies to disclose how their cars were performing.

The Uber vehicle was in an autonomous mode when the accident happened. Autonomous cars used radar-based technology to detect pedestrians, motor vehicles, and any other obstruction on the road ahead.

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When Khosrowshahi took over as Uber's chief executive, he had considered shutting down the self-driving auto operations, according to two other people familiar with Khosrowshahi's thinking.

"There's no regulations, and if there's not a sheriff in town somebody gets killed", Simpson said.

"Operating a driverless vehicle on a fixed route could reduce possible confusion for an artificial intelligence-driven auto because it takes time for its computing system to become adapted to a new environment", said 7Starlake Co.

"Although this video isn't the full picture, it strongly suggests a failure by Uber's automated driving system and a lack of due care by Uber's driver (and by the victim)", said Smith, a professor of law at the University of SC.

Job boards are filled with listings for safety drivers.

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