A woman has been struck and killed by a self-driving Uber vehicle, in what is thought to be the first ever death involving a driverless car and a pedestrian.
Uber was one such company and has been conducting autonomous vehicle tests in Tempe, Pittsburgh, San Fransisco and Toronto.
But Monday's accident underscored the possible challenges ahead for the promising technology as the cars confront real-world situations involving real people.
Robert said no matter how good self-driving vehicles get, there will always be room for some errors. Uber said in a statement to Business Insider that it was "fully cooperating with authorities". His 2015 Tesla Model S was operating under its Autopilot system on a state highway in Florida when it crashed into a tractor-trailer that was crossing the road in front of his car. We also know that the pedestrian killed was 49-year-old Elaine Herzberg, who was crossing the road with a bike at the time. She died at a hospital, said the reports. This Arizona pedestrian might be the first tragedy, I promise she won't be the last.
"Ultimately the investigation will be submitted to the Maricopa County Attorney's Office for review and any potential charges". That data is then fed into a computer that decides what the car should do next.
Democratic Sen. Edward Markey of Massachusetts, who is a member of the Senate transportation committee, said there must be more oversight of the technology.
"Moving forward that's where we are going in the future", said driver, Spencer Alan Rech.
The Uber vehicle was reportedly headed northbound when a woman walking outside of the crosswalk was struck.
So before we freak out about this tragic self-driving car death, we need to keep sight of the bigger picture: At least right now, the non-autonomous vehicles we don't give a second thought to are the much, much greater public health threat. The UberFlash service has been well received in Bangkok, Thailand and Singapore and the ride-hailing service hopes to replicate the same in Hong Kong.
Additionally, Arizona has in recent times become a hotbed for the testing of autonomous vehicles. This makes it more appealing for self-driving cars, which can struggle in rain or during snowfall.
Police investigators have video footage of the crash, though it has not been released to the public.
Uber started testing driverless cars in Pittsburgh in 2016.
Sgt. Ronald Elcock says in an email that the crash happened overnight but did not say whether it occurred Sunday night or Monday morning. Uber's self-driving car division had barely finished licking its wounds from a $245 million settlement in the court battle with rival Waymo. In 2017, Uber briefly pulled its vehicles from roads after an Uber self-driving vehicle in Tempe landed on its side.
Uber has logged 2 million self-driving miles (3.2 million km) through December.