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Uber's self-driving car fatality: What you need to know

Uber's self-driving car fatality: What you need to know

Uber's self-driving car fatality: What you need to know

Investigators from two federal transportation agencies arrived Tuesday in Tempe in the aftermath of Sunday's fatal collision between a pedestrian and a self-driving Uber vehicle.

Elaine Herzberg was pushing a bicycle across the street in Tempe, Arizona at around 10pm on Sunday evening when she was struck by a auto.

Herzberg then began to cross the street, pushing her bicycle from the center median, roughly 100 yards away from the crosswalk, into the lane of traffic and was struck.

Late Monday a San Francisco newspaper reported that the police where the accident occurred had said that after viewing videos that were taken from the Uber vehicle that it was clear it would have been very hard to avoid a collision in any type of driving mode whether it be autonomous or human driven, due to how the woman came out from shadows into the roadway.

United States government safety investigators were sent to examine the crash site and Uber has suspended its test fleets of self-driving cars across the U.S. and Canada. "His first alert to the collision was the sound of the collision", Moir said. The local police department has been investigating the incident. The company immediately suspended all road testing of the self-driving vehicles in the Phoenix area, Pittsburgh, San Francisco and Toronto. The fatal Arizona accident further emphasises that we are still far away from accident free environment relying on technologies.

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Moir also stated that Uber may not be held accountable for the self-driving auto accidents saying: "I suspect preliminarily it appears that the Uber would likely not be at fault in this accident, either".

That, in turn, could dent Uber's ability to peel customers away from competing companies like Waymo and GM when it launches an autonomous ride-hailing service, which could be as soon as next year, especially since Waymo and GM are also already trialing cars on public roads in multiple geographies. An Uber backup driver, Rafaela Vasquez, was in the driver's seat at the time.

Despite the police chief's preliminary statement suggesting the accident was unavoidable and apparently the fault of the victim, the death has ignited a frenzy of sensational headlines. Decisions on any possible charges will be made by the Maricopa County Attorney's office.

Investigators at the scene of the fatal accident involving a self-driving Uber in Arizona. He also praised Uber's decision to suspend the programme as "responsible".

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