24 March, 2018
This image made from video Sunday, March 18, 2018, of a mounted camera provided by the Tempe Police Department shows an exterior view moments before an Uber SUV hit a woman in Tempe, Ariz. You can see the shock on her face when she looks up and notices Herzberg at the last second.
"The video is disturbing and heartbreaking to watch, and our thoughts continue to be with Elaine's loved ones", an Uber spokeswoman said in a statement to CNET. "Our cars remain grounded, and we're assisting local, state and federal authorities in any way we can", an Uber spokesperson said in a statement.
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Herzberg is believed to be the first pedestrian killed by a self-driving vehicle in the USA, which quickly caused the incident to make national headlines. Lidar, or "laser radar", quite literally makes its own light by shooting a laser down the road and detecting any reflections that bounce off obstructions. The driver can be seen looking away from the road and not attempting to gain control of the vehicle until right before the impact. "If she had been moving erratically, it would have been hard for the systems to predict where this person was going", but the video shows no such movement.
Kurdock said the deadly accident should serve as a "startling reminder" to members of Congress that they need to "think through all the issues to put together the best bill they can to hopefully prevent more of these tragedies from occurring". Ducey took the state's first self-driving Uber ride in February 2017, and added the line that "California may not want you, but Arizona does". "She had been making clear progress across multiple lanes of traffic, which should have been in [Uber's] system purview to pick up".
The crash in Arizona isn't the first involving an Uber autonomous test vehicle. Behind the wheel was the driver, but to react to the appearance of women on the road he couldn't. Officials are still investigating the accident and there have been no determinations publicly announced yet as to whether the safety driver, the autonomous system itself or the pedestrian were to any degree at fault.
Drivers assigned to these cars will likely go through new training, experts said, as the company will use the crash to study and improve its technology. And the car's autonomous driving system didn't detect the person at all. Uber said it was "fully cooperating" with authorities.