Woman struck and killed by self-driving Uber vehicle

Tempe police are investigating a crash involving a self-driving Uber vehicle overnight

Tempe Police confirmed the death in a statement, and said there was a driver in the car at the time of the accident.

He says Herzberg was struck immediately as she stepped on to the street outside of a crosswalk while walking a bicycle.

The Tempe police department is in possession of the Uber vehicle and is investigating the incident.

Tempe police say the crash involving an Uber SUV happened Sunday night in the first known fatality by a self-driving test vehicle.

Uber said they are suspending the use of their self-driving cars for both customer rides and testing. "It is dangerous to cross roadways in the evening hour when well-illuminated managed crosswalks are available".

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Uber was only using autonomous vehicles as part of its regular passenger service in Pittsburgh and Tempe. She was transported to an area hospital, where she died from her injuries.

While machines are better at staying vigilant and reacting to routine situations, human drivers have proven superior at handling unusual or unexpected situations, according to the professor.

"Right now, Congress is focused on exempting these cars from safety standards in an effort to get them on the market faster". The vehicle was traveling in autonomous mode at the time of the crash. But it'll take time to know this for sure, and to develop the regulations that minimize potential harms.

Reports indicate that Uber Technologies is considering selling its driverless car technology to Toyota. He said he is working on a "comprehensive" autonomous vehicle legislative package.

The US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and National Transportation Safety Board said they were sending teams to investigate the crash. Uber began testing this technology back in 2016, when it unveiled a small fleet of autonomous vehicles in Pittsburgh. He said in a statement past testing had lead him to believe the cars were safe.

"Our hearts go out to the victim's family", an Uber spokesperson told AFP.

Missy Cummings, a robotics expert at Duke University who has been critical of the swift rollout of driverless technology across the country, said the computer-vision systems for self-driving cars are "deeply flawed" and can be "incredibly brittle", particularly in unfamiliar circumstances. When it comes to harsh realities, the truth is that government nannies save lives in just about every major industry.

A previous crash with a self-driving car operated by Uber occurred in Tempe almost exactly one year ago on March 24, 2017. Vasquez, according to officials, was behind the wheel at the time of the incident.

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