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Self-driving car kills pedestrian in Arizona


Posted on Wednesday, 21 March, 2018 | Comment icon 36 comments

Uber has suspended trials of its vehicles for the foreseeable future. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 4.0 Famartin
The accident marks the first time that a pedestrian has ever been killed by an autonomous vehicle.
It was bound to happen sooner or later - especially given the sheer number of possible situations that a self-driving vehicle is expected to deal with while driving along busy city streets.

The accident, which occurred in Tempe, Arizona on Monday, involved an Uber self-driving sport utility vehicle which hit a woman who had been pushing her bicycle across the road.

The car had been driving at 40mph in full autonomous mode at the time and despite a safety driver being present, the incident was too sudden for any effective evasive action to be taken.

The fatality has since called in to question the wisdom of allowing self-driving cars on the roads at all.

"The robot cars cannot accurately predict human behavior, and the real problem comes in the interaction between humans and the robot vehicles," said Consumer Watchdog's John Simpson.

"The technology is not ready for it yet, and this just sadly proves it."

Uber has since suspended testing of its self-driving vehicles while it investigates what went wrong.

Source: The Guardian | Comments (36)

Tags: Self-Driving Car

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #27 Posted by toast on 23 March, 2018, 8:49
I watched the vid also and I can clearly state that the accident could had been prevented by the driver but she failed on 2 major points here. First, the driver was distracted because of playing with an electronic device, which is exactly the scenario I`ve described in post #6. 2nd, the driver didnt responded adequate to the situation by just waiting for the impact. The golden rule (to survive) for motorcyclists and drivers in general is: " look where you want to drive or you will hit what you look at". If the driver would had the eyes on the street and the hands on the steering wheel, and wel... [More]
Comment icon #28 Posted by Captain Risky on 23 March, 2018, 10:27
like yourself i share the families grief in losing a loved one to this new technology. i personally think that new tech like this should be perfected in a more safe environment. if it was me i would not just be putting more censors on the actual vehicle but on and in the roads too. hate to think that this lady lost her life to a malfunctioning $5 sensor. 
Comment icon #29 Posted by IBelieveWhatIWant on 23 March, 2018, 19:24
Sorry, but there are very simple and basic ways to avoid this type of incident: Crossing at a set of lights or at a crosswalk (somewhere lit up) Wearing reflective gear (required by law) Or the most easiest way, we were all taught as children...look both ways before crossing Other than that it's just stupidity on the womans part As for this comment..."Ah, yes if the driver did this specific type of manoeuvre and turned at the right angle everything would be fine" Even thought a car can flip going as little of 20mph with a sharp turn. In either case someone would have died. The person who happe... [More]
Comment icon #30 Posted by moonman on 23 March, 2018, 20:11
She should have known better than to be out in the road like that, she was clearly in the wrong. I don't blame the car, she was near impossible to see until it was too late.
Comment icon #31 Posted by toast on 23 March, 2018, 21:14
Wait until you are old and with limited senses. Maybe you remember your comment then.  
Comment icon #32 Posted by toast on 23 March, 2018, 21:16
Thats blahblah. The accident happened because of the stupid driver and I hope she will get jailed for.
Comment icon #33 Posted by IBelieveWhatIWant on 23 March, 2018, 21:28
This is what I imagine when someone says something like this
Comment icon #34 Posted by Hawkin on 24 March, 2018, 1:44
I've seen videos where people would cross the street while looking at their cellphones and not paying attention to their surroundings. Some people would even have a child in tow.
Comment icon #35 Posted by MySummerJob on 26 March, 2018, 20:04
That's actually clever, and something that I didn't think of when I first commented. It would be good to have sensors everywhere (not just in/on the car, and in/on the road) to make sure nothing serious goes wrong. They could put sensors also on the side of the roads, and even put some solar panels (or other green technology) to help with other things. Kind of like those speedometers, or billboards, and signs you see on the sides of the roads. They could even do the same thing with current traffic cams, and other radars that are already out there.
Comment icon #36 Posted by IBelieveWhatIWant on 29 March, 2018, 2:47
The issue with that is people can come along and destroy them if they are just freely on the sides of the roads


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