Published: Sun, March 25, 2018
Hi-Tech | By Kristin Zimmerman

Uber footage shows victim of self-driving auto crash 'emerging from shadows'

Uber footage shows victim of self-driving auto crash 'emerging from shadows'

Video taken from onboard cameras in a fatal self-driving vehicle crash in Arizona Sunday night shows the operator did not have her eyes on the road and the pedestrian was visible for at least a second.

Self-driving cars detect their surroundings with cameras, radar and LiDAR.

Integration with human drivers will be another challenge, as these ultra-cautious automated vehicles and aggressive human drivers will have to figure out how to get along.

Ting said the project is expected to conclude in June, and that he hopes the collection of more data and experiences could get the driverless auto ready for the next step of real road tests, during which it will be able to interact with other vehicles and pedestrians. It was released by police in Tempe, Arizona, following the crash earlier this week. One such test is how many miles the auto can drive autonomously without human intervention.

So there might have been something wrong with the car's sensors and also Uber's autonomous fleet doesn't seem to be as advanced as competitors.

Was Uber's driverless vehicle crash avoidable? In February, Uber also settled a long-standing legal fight with Waymo. Cities and states need those tests as well to understand how to prepare for the arrival of autonomous cars. It is not clear when the company will revive them.

"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. Uber suspended its self-driving testing in North America after the incident and federal safety regulators are conducting their own probe. The vehicle, a Volvo from Uber Technologies Inc. operated in autonomous mode, doesn't appear to slow down.

This video screengrab made from dashcam footage released by the Tempe Police Department on March 21, 2018 shows the moment before Uber's self-driving vehicle hits a pedestrian in Tempe, Arizona on March 18, 2018. While Uber bans drivers convicted of violent crimes of a felony within the last seven months, Vasquez's offenses occurred outside the seven-year timeframe.

Chief of Police Sylvia Moir said, "It appears that the Uber would likely not be at fault" for the accident, as Herzberg was not crossing the street at the crosswalk when she was struck at 10 PM.

Uber said in a statement to this news organization that it believed technology "has the power to make transportation safer than ever before", and that it recognized its responsibility to contribute to public safety. We're heartbroken by what happened this week, and our cars remain grounded. "We continue to assist investigators in any way we can".

Uber has been testing its self-driving cars in a regulatory vacuum in Arizona. Customers call for a vehicle with the app as usual, and are notified if they happen to be selected for an autonomous ride.

Ting's vehicle is now undergoing further examination in a closed area in the city's Beitou-Shilin Technology Park, where variables not included in the Xinyi Road test are introduced this time to see, for instance, how the auto responds to traffic lights. After the Tempe crash, Gov. Doug Ducey, who lured the companies to the state with a promise of minimal regulation, warned against jumping to conclusions. This was likely the first known fatal accident involving a self-driving vehicle.

Waymo was the first to start operating autonomous cars without safety drivers in Arizona past year, though the vehicle Hartke saw this week had a person behind the wheel. His visit to Phoenix was seen by the Arizona team as a critical opportunity to demonstrate their progress, according to the people familiar with the company's operations in the Phoenix area. "Which makes it a very, very hard problem". Uber tallied its second million in 100 days and added its next million at an even faster clip, according to company documents.

A larger group of drivers was focused on picking up customers in the autonomous vehicles.

This isn't the first time Uber has had to defend its background checks. Kallman, the Uber spokesman, said the second person was in the vehicle for purely data related tasks, not safety.

Job boards are filled with listings for safety drivers.

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