Released video of the tragic accident involving the Uber robomobile

After a pedestrian is killed by one of the company's self-driving cars, documents show Uber's autonomous vehicle program might've been struggling.

Police have released footage from a fatal crash involving one of Uber's self-driving vehicles.

The vehicle, a Volvo from Uber Technologies Inc. operated in autonomous mode, doesn't appear to slow down.

Rafaela Vasquez (left) and Elaine Herzberg (right) [Photo: Police Handout]By way of condolences, Uber offered a public statement noting, "The video is disturbing and heartbreaking to watch, and our thoughts continue to be with Elaine's loved ones". We're heartbroken by what happened this week, and our cars remain grounded.

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Released video of the tragic accident involving the Uber robomobile

Chief of Police Sylvia Moir said, "It appears that the Uber would likely not be at fault" for the accident, as Herzberg was not crossing the street at the crosswalk when she was struck at 10 PM.

Elaine Herzberg, 49, died in hospital following the crash.

This was likely the first known fatal accident involving a self-driving vehicle.

'She's moving on a dark road, but it's an open road, so Lidar (laser) and radar should have classified her as a human'.

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Kurdock said the deadly accident should serve as a "startling reminder" to members of Congress that they need to "think through all the issues to put together the best bill they can to hopefully prevent more of these tragedies from occurring". While the robo-cars are powered by sophisticated sensors and cameras, they do not always understand what they are detecting. The company said all drivers must undergo a third-party background screening "per Uber safety policies and Colorado state regulations".

"It's very clear it would have been hard to avoid this collision in any kind of mode", Sylvia Moir, the police chief in Tempe told the San Francisco Chronicle.

Another autonomous driving expert agreed with Smith's assessment.

Exterior dashcam video shows Herzberg wheeling her bicycle across a four-lane road on foot. Their spokeswoman released a statement on the accident saying, "Our hearts go out to the victim's family", and that Uber is "fully cooperating with local authorities in their investigation of this incident".

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For comparison, here's a screenshot from the Uber dash video I posted Wednesday.

Experts believe self-driving cars will make the roads safer. Ducey took the state's first self-driving Uber ride in February 2017, and added the line that "California may not want you, but Arizona does".

Hasbun said the company doesn't use different background check requirements for autonomous vehicle operators compared to those who pick up passengers in their own vehicles. First of all, it is not clear why moving the woman did not find the sensors robomobile: because the auto is equipped with not only cameras, but also a set of other sensors that need to operate effectively, including in the dark.

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