A self-driving Uber Volvo XC90 SUV killed a pedestrian in Tempe Arizona. The incident happened in the overnight hours between Sunday and Monday. The victim was said to have been walking outside a crosswalk while walking her bicycle when the incident happened. This incident marks the first such death involving an autonomous vehicle. The pedestrian killed was identified as Elaine Herzberg, 49, while the person sitting inside the self-driving Uber car was Rafael Vasquez, 44.
Uber is cooperating with investigators and have suspended its testing of self-driving vehicles in Arizona and other locations as the investigation proceeds. Adding insult to injury (or death in this case) to the victim’s family:
“Uber chief executive officer Dara Khosrowshahi sent his condolences to the victim’s family via Twitter on Monday afternoon. Our hearts go out to the victim’s family. We are fully cooperating with local authorities in their investigation of this incident.”
There have been several incidents that involved self-driving cars hitting pedestrians or the autonomous car getting confused/stumped:
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