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Report: Driver in autonomous Uber was watching 'The Voice' moments before fatal Tempe crash

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A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. Tempe police released photographs from the pedestrian death involving an Uber self-driving car. The detailed report of more than 300 pages was released by Tempe police Thursday night, along with video and photos from the scene of the March 18 collision. Also released was the 911 call made by the driver, Rafaela Vasquez, 44, after the crash. The Mill Avenue collision, which killed 49-year-old Elaine Herzberg as she walked across the street midblock, was the first fatal crash ever to involve a self-driving car.


Waymo self-driving vehicle involved in Arizona crash

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Google's Waymo shows off their self-driving car technology in an advertisement. A Chrysler Pacifica hybrid outfitted with Waymo's suite of sensors and radar is displayed at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit in January 2017. PHOENIX -- A self-driving vehicle operated by Waymo was involved in a crash Saturday night in Mesa, Arizona, officials said. The five-car collision happened about 10 p.m. Saturday. The self-driving van was not in autonomous mode at the time of the crash, said a spokesperson for the Mesa Fire and Medical Department.


Tesla Model X driver killed in California crash wasn't holding steering wheel, NTSB says

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Tesla reported its worst-ever quarterly loss and said its Model 3 production target remains on track. In this Friday March 23, 2018 photo provided by KTVU, emergency personnel work a the scene where a Tesla electric SUV crashed into a barrier on U.S. Highway 101 in Mountain View, Calif. The National Transportation Safety Board has sent two investigators to look into a fatal crash and fire Friday in California that involved a Tesla electric SUV. The agency says on Twitter that it's not clear whether the Tesla Model X was operating on its semi-autonomous control system called Autopilot at the time. Investigators will study the fire that broke out after the crash.


GM putting Super Cruise hands-free driving on all Cadillacs by 2020

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The Cadillac Super Cruise CT6 has a hands-free driving system for the freeway seen at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit on Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018. USA Today's Nathan Bomey takes Cadillac's Super Cruise for a test drive. General Motors will offer hands-free highway driving capability on all of its Cadillac models beginning in 2020. The system, dubbed Super Cruise, is currently available only on the CT6 luxury sedan. It steers, brakes and accelerates on the highway without the driver's help, but an eye tracker ensures the person is watching the road and thus that the driver is able to take over the steering wheel if necessary.


Waymo will add up to 62,000 FCA minivans to self-driving fleet

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U.S. drivers' fears of fully autonomous (self-driving) vehicles has risen in the past several months according to a new survey by AAA. SAN FRANCISCO -- Waymo's self-driving mission is about to mushroom. The Alphabet-owned autonomous car company announced Thursday that it is significantly ramping up its partnership with Fiat Chrysler and over time will add up to 62,000 Pacifica Hybrid minivans to its fleet. That's a significant bump from a January announcement in which Waymo, which started out as Google's self-driving car project in 2009, said it would add "thousands" of new FCA minivans. The news speaks to the quickening pace of Waymo's development of fully self-driving vehicles, which have been testing around the Phoenix area for more than a year.


Tesla Autopilot most often used between 55 mph-65 mph, MIT researchers say

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The tech is pretty cool, but don't let new developments in partially self-driving cars distract you from your responsibilities behind the wheel. A Tesla that the driver said was in Autopilot mode struck a parked police vehicle in Laguna Beach, Calif. SAN FRANCISCO -- Tesla's innovative and controversial Autopilot software -- which powers the partially self-driving features of its electric cars -- is most often used for highway driving, according to the initial findings of an MIT study using volunteer owners. The research, shared at a conference in Cambridge, Mass. Wednesday, came a day after the latest crash of a Tesla using Autopilot, and as two consumer groups renewed criticism of the software's name and marketing, which they say dangerously misleads drivers.


Tesla, Uber crashes spotlight automatic emergency braking. Here's what it won't do.

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The tech is pretty cool, but don't let new developments in self-driving cars distract you from your responsibilities behind the wheel. Ford's Co-Pilot360 system offers an array of driver-assist features that including automatic emergency braking. One of the most common semi-autonomous driving features added to cars these days is automatic emergency braking. This feature stepped into the spotlight in two recent crashes for different reasons, one involving an Uber self-driving car in Arizona in March and another involving a Tesla Model S in Utah a few weeks ago. What can it do -- and what shouldn't a driver expect it to handle?


The ad shows: a car cruising on its own. The manual warns: driver, never stop paying attention

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An Audi A8 in testing mode works on refining a suite of semi-autonomous driver-assist features that allow drivers to hand over some tasks to the automobile, though they must check in with the steering wheel often to keep the system active. Car companies battling for their share of $2 trillion in annual global auto sales increasingly lean on shiny tech that takes over some of the driving from humans. Boasting names such as Autopilot, Super Cruise and ProPilot Assist, these systems -- whose radar and cameras are the building blocks of self-driving cars -- are part of a growing effort by manufacturers to woo with computing power rather than horsepower. But on the heels of two Teslas that crashed while on Autopilot, automakers find themselves increasingly torn between hyping the tech and warning owners about its limitations. Nissan's ProPILOT Assist technology, which is paving the way for future fully autonomous vehicles, is aimed at reducing the hassle of stop-and-go driving by helping control acceleration, braking and steering during single-lane highway driving.


Uber self-driving car crash: Vehicle detected Arizona pedestrian 6 seconds before accident

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Tempe, Arizona police released video of the Uber Self-Driving SUV crash that killed a woman on Sunday. It shows a woman push her bicycle on a dark road and the human back-up driver's reaction.This video includes images some may find disturbing. A self-driving Uber vehicle fatally struck a woman Sunday, March 18, 2018, in Tempe. Uber's self-driving car system detected an Arizona pedestrian about six seconds before the vehicle it was in killed the woman in March. But the system never took action to prevent the incident, according to the preliminary results of a National Transportation Safety Board investigation.


Eyes on the road! Your high-tech car can't drive for you yet, nor will it fly to Mars

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This photo provided by Tesla shows a 2017 Tesla Model 3, a vehicle that has a semiautonomous driving system called Autopilot. Tesla can update the Autopilot software over the air, not necessitating a trip to a service center. Tesla offers Autopilot on its Model S, Model X and Model 3 vehicles. Tesla's Autopilot and similar smart tech in new cars are meant to assist you. They do not, we repeat, not turn your vehicle into a self-driving car.