Should we really have cars that drive themselves? Maybe this could have been avoided if someone behind the wheel was paying attention.
The video of the self-driving vehicle crash which killed a Phoenix, Arizona pedestrian has been released. It shows the SUV’s lights didn’t find 49-year-old Elaine Herzberg until seconds before striking her, leading to questions of whether the vehicle could’ve stopped in time.
The backup driver can be seen looking down until right before the crash, in the video, looking surprised in the last moments before the crash. The footage was released Wednesday after it was announced the SUV is unlikely to be found at fault.
The police chief said the crash was ‘unavoidable’ based on the video and initial investigation. The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the crash, which caused the first death involving self-driving vehicles.
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Uber immediately suspended all road-testing of autonomous vehicles in the Phoenix area. The backup driver has been identified as 44-year-old Rafael Vasquez, who has two previous criminal convictions, raising concerns about Uber’s driver screening process.
Vasquez is said to have met Uber’s requirements.