Arizona suspends Uber self-driving auto tests after death

Arizona suspends Uber self-driving auto tests after death

Krafcik had been asked directly whether a Waymo auto would have reacted differently than the self-driving Uber. They included trouble driving through construction zones and requiring far more human intervention than competing companies.

"Nearly every state puts limits on novice drivers, and we should take a similar approach to self-driving vehicles", Friedman said.

Uber on its own had already suspended all of its self-driving testing in Arizona and elsewhere.

However, Intel's Shashua said he's more anxious about public perception of self-driving technology taking a nosedive.

The Uber vehicle was keenly observed by the test driver, still, the accident took place, unfortunately.

On Saturday, John Krafcik, the chief executive of Alphabet Inc.'s self-driving arm Waymo, was quoted as saying that his company's autonomous auto software could have averted the accident.

The crash, which occurred last Sunday night, was a major setback for Uber, which has been trying to improve its image since Khosrowshahi replaced Travis Kalanick as the company's chief executive in a messy transfer of power in August.




In an unsurprising move, Waymo is throwing a bit of shade at its competitor - a competitor that it recently settled out of court with over an allegation that Uber was using stolen trade secrets.

"We proactively suspended self-driving operations in all cities immediately following the tragic incident last week", Uber's statement said. It is not clear when the company will revive them.

Intel did this by taking footage of the fatal collision involving the 49-year-old pedestrian Elaine Herzberg and running it through the advanced driver assistant system from its subsidiary Mobileye. A human was in the driver's seat at the time, but the auto was confirmed to be operating in autonomous mode when it struck a 49-year-old woman at around 40 miles per hour (64 km/h), with no sign of slowing down.

But Smith said that from what he observed on the video, the Uber driver appears to be relying too much on the self-driving system by not looking up at the road.

An investigation later found that Brown had taken his hands off the car's steering wheel for extended periods of time, despite automated warnings not to do so. Video footage graphically illustrated how the autonomous Volvo XC90 and its backup driver failed to protect Herzberg, who was outside a marked crosswalk, as she walked across the road at about 10:30 p.m. "Our cars remain grounded, and we're assisting local, state and federal authorities in any way we can", said an Uber spokesperson.

As college students, we are no strangers to ride services like Uber and Lyft.

Not only Toyota; Uber also stopped test drives of these cars from their call centers of San Francisco, Toronto, Pittsburgh, and Arizona. This happened in the same month that instructions were given regarding the replacement of autonomous cars with human drivers.

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