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29 Marcha 2018, 06:54 | Benedicto Grullon
Governor Ducey has suspended Uber from testing self-driving vehicles after a deadly pedestrian crash
A week after Uber halted testing, Arizona's governor ordered the company's self-driving cars off state roads.
Video of the fatal accident shows the self-driving auto failing to stop as 49-year-old pedestrian Elaine Herzberg crosses the middle of the road with her bicycle at night. Even though video of the accident exists, we're still not sure what caused it - did the car's autonomous driving systems fail in some way, or can this accident be blamed on some other oversight?
One example: Rival Waymo's vehicles traveled an average of 5,600 miles before the driver had to take control from the computer to avoid trouble. Experts told The Associated Press that the technology on Uber's auto should have spotted (name her) the pedestrian and the failure revealed a serious flaw.
"The fact of the matter is, there are safeguards we have in place in Pittsburgh", said Mayor Peduto.
The future of Uber's self-driving vehicle program is likely non-existent in California, at least for now.
Uber had installed its own technology on the vehicle instead, according to Aptiv, the company that provides the Volvo with its cameras and radar, Bloomberg reported on Monday. Ducey said at the time that shows Arizona is friendlier for business than its neighbor to the west. The governor's office said it provided the emails to the newspaper in September. "We're not pushing it out of our state".
Last week, police in Arizona released the footage, which came from the dash cam of Uber's autonomous vehicle. Aptiv, a UK-based maker of vehicle parts including radars and cameras, did not respond to our enquiries.
On Monday, however, Ducey displayed a different attitude.
"I found the video to be disturbing and alarming", Ducey wrote.
"Governor Doug Ducey violated the trust of hardworking Arizonans across the state", the party's executive director, Herschel Fink, said in a statement.
Ducey called the crash "an unquestionable failure". All indications are that the vehicle did not brake before hitting her, suggesting that it did not "see" her.
Uber said on Twitter that it is "fully co-operating" with the police investigation and has expressed condolences to the victim's family.
While public safety comes before new experiments, Uber do want the latter to come back soon enough, this time with safer technologies of course. They included trouble driving through construction zones and requiring far more human intervention than competing companies. 2 federal investigations will help. Yeah... that's just what we need.
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