Uber self-driving car death COULD have been avoided

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Uber's self-driving car crash that led to the death of a mother-of-two could have been avoided, according to driverless vehicle experts. Police in Arizona are still investigating the incident and have released footage of the moment Elaine Herzberg, 49, was hit by the self-driving Volvo SUV. Cortica, a firm that develops artificial intelligence for autonomous vehicles, has analysed the dash cam video. The company concludes the car, which failed to brake or swerve before the collision, had enough time to react and potentially save Ms Herzberg's life. Uber's self-driving car crash that led to the death of a mother-of-two could have been avoided, according to experts.


Uber wants to resume self-driving car tests on public...

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Nearly eight months after one of its autonomous test vehicles hit and killed an Arizona pedestrian, Uber wants to resume testing on public roads. The company has filed an application with the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation to test in Pittsburgh, and it has issued a lengthy safety report pledging to put two human backup drivers in each vehicle and take a raft of other precautions to make the vehicles safe. Company officials acknowledge they have a long way to go to regain public trust after the March 18 crash in Tempe, Arizona, that killed Elaine Herzberg, 49, as she crossed a darkened road outside the lines of a crosswalk. Nearly eight months after one of its autonomous test vehicles hit and killed an Arizona pedestrian, Uber wants to resume testing on public roads. Police said Uber's backup driver in the autonomous Volvo SUV was streaming the television show'The Voice' on her phone and looking downward before crash.


Uber resumes testing for autonomous cars in 'manual mode'

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Uber is getting its autonomous vehicles back on the road for the first time since one of its driverless cars fatally wounded a pedestrian. The latest tests will see the autonomous vehicles operated in'manual mode' – with human drivers behind the wheel operating the vehicle at all times. Although the vehicles will not be navigating independently, the latest round of tests will allow Uber to gather data on a number of scenarios that can be later recreated in computer simulations. The'manual mode' tests will also allow Uber to develop more accurate mapping for the vehicles. Elaine Herzberg, 49, was killed in Arizona on March 18 when an Uber Volvo SUV failed to apply the brakes after it registered her stepping into the road to cross.


Race to robot cars continues after fatal crash

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The race to perfect robot cars continues despite fears kindled by the death of a woman hit by a self-driving Uber vehicle while pushing a bicycle across an Arizona street. Uber put a temporary halt to its self-driving car program in the US after the fatal accident this month near Phoenix, where several other companies including Google-owned Waymo are testing such technology. While the Uber accident may be used to advance arguments of those fearful of driverless cars, it does not change the fact that'transformative technology is coming whether we like it or not,' according to Adie Tomer, a fellow at the Brookings Institution think tank in Washington. Pilot models of the Uber self-driving car, pictured in 2016 before one of the autonomous vehicles killed a woman in Arizona. 'There certainly will be calls to stop all autonomous vehicle testing, not just Uber's program,' Tomer said in a post on the institution's website.


Uber halts tests of self-driving cars after pedestrian is killed

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Uber's automated car which struck and killed a woman at 40mph did not show significant signs of slowing down, a spokesman for police has now confirmed. The firm has suspended all its self-driving tests after what is believed to be the first fatal pedestrian crash involving its vehicles. Automated driving had been taking place in Phoenix, Pittsburgh, San Francisco and Toronto. Police in the Phoenix suburb of Tempe say one of Uber's self-driving vehicles struck and killed a pedestrian on Sunday night. Investigators said the Volvo SUV was in autonomous mode when the woman, 49-year-old Elaine Herzberg, was hit.