Uber’s Self-Driving Car Killed A Pedestrian In Phoenix
Uber’s autonomous car killed a pedestrian in Arizona.
The vehicle has a driver behind the wheel, but it was in autopilot when it hit a 49-year-old woman.
According to The Verge, “The crash occurred near Mill Avenue and Curry Road early Monday morning in Tempe, Arizona, police confirm. The Uber vehicle was headed northbound when a woman walking across the street. The woman was taken to the hospital, where she later died from her injuries. Early reports suggested that she may have been a bicyclist, but that was not the case. Police have identified her as 49-year-old Elaine Herzberg.”
This is the first death of a pedestrian struck by a self-driving car in public road. Arizona police are still investigating the incident and Uber has suspended all testing on self-driving cars in Tempe, Pittsburgh, San Francisco and Toronto.
A pedestrian is killed by a human-operated car every 1.5 hours in the U.S. In 2016, nearly 6,000 pedestrians were killed in traffic crashes.
Self-driving vehicles are being tested throughout companies in several industries, and are hypothetically made to make the woman error aspects out of driving. But this incident suggests that these vehicles are still very dangerous — and potentially need more time and tweaking before they should be on the road.