FATAL Crash for Uber: It Stops Testing Self-Driving Cars in US after Hitting 49-Year-Old Woman to Death

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Uber autonomous car hits a woman pushing a bicycle to , reports Business Insider. This isn’t the first-time case when the driverless car gets into the fatal crash. 

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Who’s the victim?

The incident occurred on the evening of March 18 in the suburbs of Tempe (Arizona, US): Uber car hit a woman who, presumably was jaywalking.

The victim is a 49-Year-Old woman, Elaine Herzberg, who’s believed to be homeless. She was pushing the bicycle across the street and got hit by Uber driverless car.

It’s the first time when a pedestrian was killed by an autonomous vehicle.


Source: ABC 15

Who’s fault?

The police of Tempe has a footage of the crash, which is not released to the public. After analyzing it, Tempe police chief Sylvia Moir said,  “It’s very clear it would have been difficult to avoid this collision in any kind of mode (autonomous or human-driven) based on how she came from the shadows right into the roadway.”

The Uber car was traveling at 40 miles/hour at the time of the accident with a driver inside it.

They state, “it was like a flash, the person walked out in front of them, first alert to the collision was the sound of the collision.”

In February 2018, California adopted a set of new rules for self-driving vehicles. The driver has to take over the car in case of an emergency.

SEE ALSO: Self-Driving Cars to Hit California Streets in April 2018: NEW RULES and Requirements

50 companies are allowed to test their driverless cars on the California streets. As a rule, their vehicles should have the option to be operated remotely.

Also, an important requirement states that these vehicles should be able to send a notification to law enforcement if something goes wrong. The new requirements come into force on April 2.

However, after this terrible accident, Uber Technologies halts the testing of its unmanned vehicles in Phoenix, Pittsburgh, San Francisco and Toronto.

This wasn’t the first fatal crash

Previously, Tesla driver died using autopilot mode.

It was the first recorded by Tesla Motors. There were several cases of accidents, however, it was the first one that ended up with the of the driver. The dead, 40-year-old Joshua Brown, was a big fan of Tesla cars.

The sensors built into the car could not distinguish the white train on the background of the bright sky. The accident occurred on May 7 in the city of Burlington, Florida.

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FATAL Crash: Uber Stops Testing Self-Driving Cars in US after Hitting Pedestrian to Death
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FATAL Crash: Uber Stops Testing Self-Driving Cars in US after Hitting Pedestrian to Death
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Uber autonomous car hits a woman pushing a bicycle to death, reports Business Insider. This isn’t the first-time case when the driverless car gets into the fatal crash. 
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