Uber Crash Highlights Growing Safety Concern: Pedestrians

PA    
     IMPRESSIVE Ford can'talk to Jaguar and Land Rover cars in new car park tech

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.

Related:

Comments

Latest news

Nicolas Sarkozy arrested in Gaddafi poll funding inquiry
He can be held for up to 48 hours and presented to the Magistrates Court for indictment straight away if police seek charges. Another Sarkozy aide and former minister, Brice Hortefeux , was also questioned in connection with the irregularities.

The Omnibus Spending Bill Is a Fiscal Embarrassment
Paul "live-tweeted" the bill on Wednesday and Thursday, critiquing the about 600 pages of the almost 2,200-page legislation. The bill includes $1.57 billion for barriers along the border.

John Dowd Resigns as Trump's Lead Lawyer in Special Counsel Inquiry
There also is speculation at the White House that the president is seeking to replace another member of his legal team, Ty Cobb. Jay Sekulow , another Trump lawyer, said the legal team will continue its work defending the president.

Florida shooting survivors to demand gun law reforms
In arguing for his detention, Murphy said that Zachary Cruz' presence at the school set off a chain-reaction of worry and fear. His older brother is now in police custody awaiting trial for the shooting that killed 17 people on Valentine's Day (Feb. 14).

United gives $10K travel voucher to 'bumped' passenger
United couldn't board her because a seat broke on the plane, according to Preiss, and no one volunteered to give up a seat. But the move enraged Preiss, a communications director, who went on Twitter to vent to her 2,215 followers.

Innovative stocks: Amazon.com, Inc., (NASDAQ: AMZN), HCP, Inc., (NYSE: HCP)
Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN ) has reportedly engaged in talks with the AARP about ways they may be able to work together. Analyst Recommendations are opinions given by analysts to their clients about whether a given stock is worth buying or not.

Liability and Legal Questions Follow Uber Autonomous Car Fatal Accident
The Tempe police department said in a brief statement it "would like to reaffirm that fault has not been determined in this case". Investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board are in Tempe this week to collect information on the collision.

Avengers Infinity War: Thanos and Thor will Have the Most Screentime
Fans are also curious - and anxious - about what's next for RDJ's Iron Man after those scenes in the final trailer . However, Hemsworth sounded like he was preparing for the end when he spoke to Vanity Fair in the fall.

The Dollar Today: Federal Reserve Rate Meeting Looms Large
But after rate hikes, gold prices tended to drop since rising interest rates typically make non-yielding bullion less attractive. Price gains are still expected to stabilize around the Fed's 2 per cent target over the medium term, the FOMC said.

Officer stops Maryland school shooter
Hogan. "I just thank God I'm safe", Rhames told the newspaper. "I never thought something like this would happen here". Her daughter is now attending a SCV school, and her family plans to move once their house in Maryland has sold.

Oil Prices Up As EIA Confirms Crude Draw
Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is now touring the United States and will meet with US President Trump later today. Official US production and inventory data will be released by the Energy Information Administration (EIA) later on Wednesday.

Ed. majors not deterred by gun violence
Hudson also explained her own experience as an economist as well as a lobbyist at the Virginia General Assembly. Westbrook said he would be present to collect the guns, and then turn them over to police.

Neymar Wants £1m A Week Mega Contract At PSG
Speaking to Canal+, the Brazilian star said that he was "sure" that the €222 million attacker "will stay". But it remains to be seen whether or not Les Parisiens will give in to the whopping salary demand.

Toys 'R' Us/ Babies 'R' Us Closing Info: Gift Cards, Registries & Sales
Whether you want to plan one last trip and stock up or need to figure out if your gift cards are still good we can help. Toys "R" Us said the customer programs, including Reward dollars and Endless Earnings, will also end.

Dozens of homes believed destroyed in New South Wales bushfire
Information about specific homes which have been impacted is being provided to residents through the evacuation centre at Bega. A watch-and-act warning was put in place for the area on Monday morning, as firefighters said the fire was "controlled".

Other news