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Police release video of the Uber self-driving car crash that killed a pedestrian

Police have released video of the Uber self-driving car crash that killed a pedestrian in Tempe Arizona. The victim, a 49-year-old woman, was walking across the street with her bike and an Uber self-driving car failed to slow down or stop, eventually killing her.

There are two videos that are released – one outside and one showing the interior of the Volvo SUV. The exterior video which is of four seconds shows the car driving down a dark and empty street as it collides into the pedestrian walking directly in its path. The 14-second video inside the car shows a driver not looking at the road at the time of the collision.

The newly released footage has raised fresh questions about the self-driving technology as well as the regulations in the state regarding self-driving cars. It is not clear what was the reason behind the failure of the car to stop or even slow down. Generally, the radar sensors are responsible for detecting pedestrians, cyclists, cars and other obstacles but Velodyne Lidar, the sensor supplier has stated that the company doesn’t believe its technology failed as it is capable of seeing in the dark.

Uber is yet to comment on what caused the crash and has temporarily suspended its self-driving program. Toyota and nuTonomy have also paused their testing on public roads but John Krafcik, CEO, Waymo has suggested that Waymo will not pause its self-driving car testing.  Krafnick said that Waymo has ‘a lot of confidence’ in its technology which is robust and would be able to handle situations like that, he was speaking at NADA 2018.

 

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