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NTSB report says self-driving Uber saw pedestrian 6 seconds before deadly crash

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Raw video: Cameras mounted inside the car catches the fatal moment. Authorites are investigating the cause of the crash. The self-driving Uber SUV that struck and killed Elaine Herzberg in Tempe, Ariz., in March picked her up on its sensors six seconds before it hit her, but did not determine that it needed to stop or evade her until it was too late, according to federal investigators. Herzberg was jaywalking her bicycle across a four-lane section of road on the night of March 18 when the Volvo XC90 SUV ran into her. A preliminary report on the accident from the National Transportation Safety Board issued on Thursday said that a review of the data from the car shows that it first identified her as an unknown object, then as a vehicle and finally as a bicycle.


Uber announces end of self-driving car operations in Arizona

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Raw video: Cameras mounted inside the car catches the fatal moment. Authorites are investigating the cause of the crash. Uber is shutting down its self-driving car operations in Arizona, but plans to continue the development of autonomous cars in other states. "We're committed to self-driving technology, and we look forward to returning to public roads in the near future. In the meantime, we remain focused on our top-to-bottom safety review, having brought on former NTSB Chair Christopher Hart to advise us on our overall safety culture," an Uber spokesperson told Fox News.


Autonomous vehicle helped locate 'holy grail of shipwrecks' off Colombia

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San Jose, which was considered the "holy grail of shipwrecks," was located with the help of an underwater autonomous vehicle An autonomous vehicle was used in 2015 to locate a Spanish galleon that sunk 300 years ago off the coast of Colombia with $17 billion in treasure, the research team that helped in the discovery said on Monday. The San Jose, which was considered the "holy grail of shipwrecks," was located with the help of an underwater autonomous vehicle operated by the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. The institution said it was holding the discovery under wraps out of respect for the Colombian government. REMUS 6000 being deployed off the Colombian Navy research ship ARC Malpelo. The treasure--which includes of gold, silver and emeralds-- has been the subject of legal battles between several nations as well as private companies.


Waymo autonomous vehicle involved in Arizona crash was in manual mode at time of incident

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Raw video shows a car jumping the median and colliding with a Waymo self-driving minivan. A Waymo-operated autonomous minivan involved in an accident in Chandler, Ariz., last week was being driven in manual mode when it was hit by an out of control vehicle. The Chrysler Pacifica equipped with Waymo's self-driving technology was struck by a Honda Civic heading in the opposite direction that had swerved to avoid a third car that had run a red light. Video from the Waymo shows the Honda crossing the median and heading straight for the van, which it hit in the driver's side fender. Police initially reported that the minivan was in autonomous mode at the time of the collision, but later confirmed that it was being driven manually by the Waymo employee on board.


Waymo releases dash cam video of autonomous vehicle involved in crash

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Raw video shows a car jumping the median and colliding with a Waymo self-driving minivan. Video was released Friday showing a car jumping a median and colliding with a Google-owned Waymo self-driving minivan in Arizona. Police in Arizona are now investigating the crash, which occurred fewer than two months after a self-driving Uber struck and killed a pedestrian in another part of the state. Chandler Police say the accident happened around noon Friday, when a driver heading eastbound in a Honda sedan swerved to avoid a vehicle and drove into the westbound lanes of Chandler Blvd., where it struck the Waymo minivan. The Waymo was reportedly travelling at a slow speed and in autonomous mode with an occupant in the driver's seat.


Waymo autonomous vehicle involved in crash in Arizona

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Less than two months after a self-driving Uber struck and killed a pedestrian, police in Arizona are investigating another autonomous car crash, this time involving a vehicle operated by Google-owned Waymo. Chandler Police say the accident happened around noon Friday, when a driver heading eastbound in a Honda sedan swerved to avoid a vehicle and drove into the westbound lanes of Chandler Blvd., where it struck the Waymo minivan. The Waymo was reportedly travelling at a slow speed and in autonomous mode with an occupant in the driver's seat. Chandler Police say injuries were minor and that both the Waymo and Honda were towed from the scene. The incident is still under investigation.


Tesla car on Autopilot when fatal crash occurred, company says

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Tesla defended its Autopilot feature, saying that while it doesn't prevent all accidents, it makes them less likely to occur than vehicles without it. The Tesla vehicle involved in a fatal crash last month in Northern California was operating on Autopilot, the automaker has confirmed. But Tesla contends that the victim and a damaged freeway barrier share in the blame. The Model X SUV crashed in Mountain View, in California's Silicon Valley, on March 23, killing its driver, Apple engineer Walter Huang, 38. The electric car maker said in a company blog post that the driver did not have his hands on the steering wheel for six seconds before the crash, despite several warnings from the vehicle.


Dashcam video of deadly self-driving Uber crash released

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Raw video: Cameras mounted inside the car catches the fatal moment. Authorites are investigating the cause of the crash. Dashcam video was released Wednesday night showing the dramatic and deadly crash of a self-driving Uber SUV in Arizona -- as the woman operating the vehicle had her head down. Two angles -- interior and exterior camera footage -- were released by the Tempe Police Department. Officials did not release the moment the pedestrian, identified as 49-year-old Elaine Herzberg, was hit, "due to the graphic nature of the impact."


Despite deadly crash, no signs that all Arizona autonomous car tests are being frozen

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An Arizona woman was killed after being struck by a self-driving Uber vehicle, an incident believed to be the first of its kind. But Uber is not the only company that has experienced accidents with driverless cars. Companies like Google, Tesla and General Motors also join the list. Uber has suspended tests of its autonomous cars on public roads in Arizona in the wake of a deadly crash involving one of the vehicles in Tempe, but it's not yet clear if other automakers will follow suit or be forced to do so by the state government. The incident unfolded late Sunday when 49-year-old Elaine Herzberg was struck by a 2017 Volvo XC90 SUV equipped with Uber's autonomous technology as she was walking her bicycle across a four-lane street midblock, outside of any crosswalk.


Where are self-driving cars being tested?

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An Arizona woman was killed after being struck by a self-driving Uber vehicle, an incident believed to be the first of its kind. But Uber is not the only company that has experienced accidents with driverless cars. Companies like Google, Tesla and General Motors also join the list. An Arizona woman was killed after being struck by a self-driving Uber vehicle this week - prompting the company to suspend all testing of self-driving vehicles in cities across the country. The Uber was in autonomous mode at the time of the collision in Tempe, and there was a vehicle operator behind the wheel, police said.