Fatal Uber Self-Driving Crash Video Reveals More Details

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Smith said the video doesn't fully explain the incident but "strongly suggests a failure by Uber's automated driving system and a lack of due care by Uber's driver (as well as by the victim)".

After a pedestrian is killed by one of the company's self-driving cars, documents show Uber's autonomous vehicle program might've been struggling.

The first is, of course, how did the system not recognize her and take action to avoid the problem?

The daughter of Elaine Herzberg, the woman killed in the Uber self-driving crash earlier this week in Tempe, has hired a Glendale personal injury law firm, according to a statement from the firm.

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A spokesperson said the released video was "disturbing and heartbreaking". "Our cars remain grounded, and we're assisting local, state, and federal authorities in any way we can".

The footage from the interior shows the Uber's vehicle operator, who was not controlling the vehicle at the time, periodically looking down and away from the road.

This still image taken from video provided by ABC-15, shows investigators at the scene of a fatal accident involving a self driving Uber vehicle on the street in Tempe, Ariz.

The National Transportation Safety Board, which makes recommendations for preventing crashes, and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which can enact regulations, sent investigators. The woman appears to be jaywalking as she is not in a crosswalk.


The SUV's cameras may have failed to pick up Herzberg because she was crossing from a median - which could've created shadows that confused the Uber's device, experts said. They can see in the dark hundreds of feet down the road, thanks to onboard radar and Lidar.

"We want to give (drivers) time to process and reflect", he said. It depicts a dark night, a figure that emerges a couple of seconds before the crash, and a seemingly distracted human safety driver, Rafaela Vasquez.

The accident leaves automakers and tech companies that have been testing vehicles in the real world grappling with what to do next. Currently, at least 32 cities are testing or plan to start.

"I think they had to be prepared for it", said Richelsoph. Police have been investigating the incident to determine who is at fault: the victim, the driver, or Uber.


Arizona's Governor Doug Ducey has been a champion of the self-driving auto industry.

However, the recently released footage tells a different story.

Now autonomous driving experts are weighing in on the case, and they're convinced the vehicle could've done more to avoid the collision. However, there is a way back.

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. Abuelsamid believes the states are going to need to step up into the void to facilitate change.


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