Tuesday 18 June, 2019

Video released of Uber self-drive fatal crash

(Image: AP screengrabs from video released by Tempe police)

(Image: AP screengrabs from video released by Tempe police)

Police in Tempe, Arizona, have released two videos of Sunday’s fatal crash involving a pedestrian and an Uber self-driving car undergoing testing.  

Elaine Herzberg, 49, died in hospital following the crash. One of the video clips, which shows dashcam footage leading up to the impact, shows her walking her bicycle across the road as the car appears not to slow. Tempe police said the video does not include the collision itself due to the graphic nature of the impact.

The other video shows the interior of the car and the Uber operator monitoring the self-driving car’s controls. In the brief clip, the operator appears to be looking down at something inside the car until looking up, apparently shocked, at the moment of impact.

(Warning: This video contains upsetting scenes)



Tempe police said they were “actively investigating the details of this incident”, which has caused Uber to suspend all testing of its self-driving cars.

In a statement on Twitter, Uber said the video was “disturbing and heartbreaking to watch, and our thoughts continue to be with Elaine’s loved ones. Our cars remain grounded, and we're assisting local, state and federal authorities in any way we can.”

Both the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board say they are investigating the crash, which is thought to be the first fatal incident involving an autonomous car and a pedestrian.

Uber first began testing the self-driving vehicles in 2016, with testing also taking place in Pittsburgh, San Francisco and the Canadian city of Toronto. The cars use sensors that are meant to detect other vehicles and pedestrians.

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