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The video released Wednesday by Tempe police shows 49-year-old Elaine Herzberg walking onto the roadway from a darkened area and stopping the moment before she was struck.

Indeed, Thoma Hall agrees with The Drive's Alex Roy, who said the lidar should have detected Elaine Herzberg beyond line-of-sight as she pushed her bike across a dark road in Tempe, Arizona.

One video shows dashcam footage of the impact.

Video of a fatal pedestrian crash involving a self-driving Uber vehicle that some experts say exposes flaws in autonomous vehicle technology is prompting calls to slow down testing on public roads and renewing concerns about regulatory readiness.

"We're heartbroken by what happened this week, and our cars remain grounded", the Uber spokeswoman said.

The Volvo had at least two video cameras, and the city's police chief said she watched video of the collision, and that it would've been "difficult" for either a human or machine driver to avoid striking Herzberg, police chief Sylvia Moir told the San Francisco Chronicle.

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 technology's backup - the human test driver who was also in the vehicle at the time of the crash - also failed to react. The camera which is installed in the vehicle does not perform well in dark but the radar and Lidar work efficiently in the dark. Appears being the operative word here as it's not known what she was looking down at. "If she had been moving erratically, it would have been hard for the systems to predict where this person was going", but the video shows no such movement.

"Usually the argument is someone was negligent, and they didn't follow through with that duty, which is negligence", said Richelsoph. So says Marta Thoma Hall, president of the company that supplied the car's lidar sensors, Velodyne Lidar Inc., reports Bloomberg.

"It's just terrible", says Tina Marie Herzberg White, a stepdaughter of the victim."There should be a criminal case", she adds.

Footage of the moment a self-driving vehicle crashed into a pedestrian and fatally injured her has been released by police.

Toyota said it would continue its tests of semi-autonomous cars on closed circuits. Steven Shladover, a UC Berkeley research engineer, told Wired that this situation should not have been hard for the self-driving car's sensors to detect, describing it as "straightforward". Uber said it was "fully cooperating" with authorities.

However, the fatal crash - bound to happen at some point as companies put increasing numbers of driverless cars on public roads - has led not only Uber to suspend its testing of robot cars on USA public roads, but Toyota, too.

Hasbun said the company doesn't use different background check requirements for autonomous vehicle operators compared to those who pick up passengers in their own vehicles.

THE UBER self-driving auto crash that resulted in the death of a mum-of-two could have been avoided, claim experts.



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