Video taken from onboard cameras in a fatal self-driving vehicle crash in Arizona Sunday night shows the operator did not have her eyes on the road and the pedestrian was visible for at least a second.
Police say the vehicle wasn't in self-driving mode during the testing and that a person was applying the brakes to stop the vehicle during the five test runs.
"As of March, Uber was struggling to meet its target of 13 miles per "intervention" in Arizona, according to 100 pages of company documents obtained by The New York Times and two people familiar with the company's operations in the Phoenix area but not permitted to speak publicly about it".
And there also was pressure to live up to a goal to offer a driverless vehicle service by the end of the year and to impress top executives.
The crash, which occurred 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.
But while California requires self-driving vehicle companies to report problems they are having, Arizona has no such requirements. It may be noted here that back in 2017, Arizona chose to allow testing of these self-driving cars on the public roads. She later died in hospital, becoming the first person to be killed by an autonomous vehicle.More news: Lalu admitted to hospital after chest pain complaint
Ting said the project is expected to conclude in June, and that he hopes the collection of more data and experiences could get the driverless auto ready for the next step of real road tests, during which it will be able to interact with other vehicles and pedestrians. She keeps looking down at something for several seconds in the moments before the crash. So as we develop self-driving technology, safety is our primary concern every step of the way. A Volvo XC90 sport utility vehicle equipped with Uber's sensing technology struck Elaine Herzberg, 49, while it was going 40 miles per hour in a 45-mph zone. "We're heartbroken by what happened this week, and our cars remain grounded". We will provide updated information regarding the investigation once it is available. He has touted Arizona's few regulations in his efforts to lure the companies to Arizona from California.
When Khosrowshahi took over as Uber's chief executive, he had considered shutting down the self-driving vehicle operations, according to two other people familiar with Khosrowshahi's thinking.
City Safety, Pedestrian Detection, and other names are given to these systems and they are not just available in pricey Volvos, but in mainstream cars like affordable Mazdas. "Let's all work harder on having safe roads".
The NY Times also published a piece today which argues that, compared to competitors like Google, Uber's autonomous cars are not performing almost as well.
"Although this video isn't the full picture, it strongly suggests a failure by Uber's automated driving system and a lack of due care by Uber's driver (and by the victim)", said Smith, a professor of law at the University of SC.
He noted both the Tempe police and the National Transportation Safety Board is investigating.