Uber self-driving crash

Sunday, 25 Mar, 2018

In September 2016, Uber began its self-driving program in Pittsburgh, PA and quickly expanded to Tempe, AZ in February 2017.

The crash Sunday night in Tempe was the first death involving a full autonomous test vehicle.

The other video shows the interior of the vehicle and the Uber operator monitoring the self-driving car's controls.

Tempe police chief Sylvia Moir told the San Francisco Chronicle Monday that the collision would have been hard for any driver to avoid.

"The greater risk for the industry is that if people feel it is unsafe, or the testing is unsafe, you'll see a real backlash against this technology", said Matthew Johnson-Roberson, co-director of the University of Michigan Ford Center for Autonomous Vehicles. The woman later died at a hospital.

Richelsoph says moving forward, this case will bring new policy decisions. but he does believe Uber was prepared for something like this to happen, as they test out the new technology. "Maybe it's the sensors not working correctly or the hardware that processes it, or the software."... The system is created to provide a 360-degree virtual view of the environment surrounding the auto.

Automated vehicles use a combination of video, radar, and lidar (using lasers to measure distances from objects); and occasionally sound sensors to navigate.

In a statement on Twitter, Uber said the video was "disturbing and heartbreaking to watch, and our thoughts continue to be with Elaine's loved ones". Their spokesperson, Sarah Abboud, said: "Our hearts go out to the victim's family", and "We are fully cooperating with local authorities in their investigation of this incident". One angle shows the road and Herzberg walking her bike across.

"This is similar to the average reaction time for a driver".

Uber would not say Thursday whether Vasquez was on a cellphone, whether she was following company procedures before the collision, or whether she remains an Uber employee.

Uber's first road tests in its self-driving auto effort, code-named Project Roadrunner, were actually in Pittsburgh in September 2016.

The local police chief, Sylvia Moir, thinks that Uber may not be at fault for the death of Hezberg.

"Video makes everything in the light pattern brighter and everything out of the beam darker". But as I noted Wednesday, the driver was looking down at some sort of device for about 5 seconds immediately before the crash.

The company moved from dual-operator tests to single-operator tests earlier this year despite concerns from drivers that the monotonous hours behind the wheel solo during tests could be distracting for solo drivers. "You don't know when you should jump in". Vasquez appears to look down at something off-camera in the moments before impact.

"The idea that the video absolves Uber is essentially incorrect", Calo said.

Reimer also criticized police for publicly releasing a video that could prematurely influence consumer perception of a technology that may one day help save lives. While the robo-cars are powered by sophisticated sensors and cameras, they do not always understand what they are detecting.

Job boards are filled with listings for safety drivers.

It was the first fatality of a self-driving vehicle, and Uber has suspended its testing as the investigation proceeds.

Alphabet Inc's Waymo LLC has yet to comment on its plans since the Uber collision, but the tech giant's Pacifica minivans remain on the road in Arizona, said Kevin Hartke, a Chandler, Arizona, city councilor.