Police say Uber victim stepped suddenly in front of self-driving vehicle

Uber suspends self-driving car testing after cyclist is killed

Elaine Herzberg was pushing a bicycle across the street in Tempe, Arizona at around 10pm on Sunday evening when she was struck by a auto. Uber's autonomous vehicles have had previous self-driving accidents, and the company was never held liable. However, the police chief of Tempe, Arizona, the place where the fatal accident occurred, says a preliminary investigation into the matter reveals that Uber is "likely" not at fault for what happened, and that it would have been hard to avoid the outcome whether a human driver was in charge or a series of sensors and cameras.

Unsurprisingly, safety and the ability of self-driving cars to avoid mistakes are among the biggest concerns of people opposed to autonomous vehicles, as a report published by the Boston Consulting Group in 2016 showed.

Victim: Elaine Herzberg, 49, was killed when she was hit by the Uber on Sunday night. The ride-hailing firm has also been testing driverless cars in San Francisco, Pittsburgh, Toronto and the Phoenix area, which includes Tempe. Canada's transportation ministry in Ontario, where Uber conducts testing, also said it was reviewing the accident. Once the investigation concludes, the case will be referred to the Maricopa County attorney, who will determine whether to bring charges.

The path to a fully autonomous vehicle future always was going to be filled with zigs and zags simply because of the nature of cars, vehicle ownership, laws, the economy and social habits.

He said that impairment did not initially appear to be a factor for either Vasquez or Herzberg. Safety advocates have called for a national moratorium on the testing of all so-called robot cars on public roads.

Arizona has been a prime proving ground for self-driving cars for several years.

Uber has stopped its autonomous vehicle tests following the fatal crash.

Mitchell's office said the mayor had not asked other autonomous vehicle companies to suspend testing in the city. Previous year saw Tesla's semi-autonomous Autopilot system cleared of defects following a seven-month investigation into a fatal crash in 2016.

Self-driving cars are designed with the belief that computers can operate vehicles better than human. The wealth of data from the vehicle's sensors and cameras should determine the cause swiftly, and police have already said there was no indication the driver was impaired or that the auto slowed down significantly. With the right testing and technology, self-driving cars could still join their ranks.

Either way, the fatality could hurt the technology's image and lead to a push for more regulations at the state and federal levels, Smith said.

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