Could a human driver have prevented self-driving Uber's pedestrian fatality?

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The video shows the vehicle failing to slow down before it hit 49-year-old Elaine Herzberg as she pushed her bicycle across the road.

Behind the wheel was a human chaperone who was supposed to be backstopping Uber's developing technology.

Uber grounded all of its test vehicles while the U.S. transportation officials investigate the crash. At the time, authorities were saying the company didn't appear to be at fault and that even a human-driven auto might have hit the victim under the same circumstances.

The ministry is set to release regulations governing real-road tests of autonomous vehicles soon, which will allow them to apply for temporary registration plates for six to 12 months, Lee said.

"All of this should be looked at in excruciating detail", he said.

AZfamily.com reports that Tempe police, the National Transportation Safety Board and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration conducted the visibility and braking test Thursday night.

"People are going to make their own assumptions based on the video". "It really is not wanting to prejudge the investigation". We will provide updated information regarding the investigation once it is available.

Self-driving Ubers with backup drivers have carried passengers on 50,000 rides in Arizona and in Pittsburgh, the company said. There are few federal rules governing the testing of autonomous cars.

The crash, which occurred Sunday night, was a major setback for Uber, which has been trying to improve its image since Khosrowshahi replaced Travis Kalanick as the company's chief executive in a messy transfer of power in August.

Uber would not comment on the precise procedures and instructions for back-up drivers, but said "the standard protocol is to be hovering and be ready to intervene as needed". The fatality has raised questions about whether Uber does enough to screen its drivers.

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But that training can butt up against human nature and personal responsibility.

"Did they jump the gun?" he said.

Some tech firms and carmakers are pushing for cars with no steering wheels to avoid this middle ground where people are expected to shortstop technology. After its strong California results, Waymo is now testing cars in Chandler, Arizona, a Phoenix suburb, with no safety drivers.

Waymo and Cruise, a self-driving auto company owned by GM, reported their "intervention" numbers to California regulators.

Groups aligned with the auto industry say that the proposal would enhance safety with a uniform, nationwide approach.

The vehicle that hit Herzberg "was being supervised".

The video also provides a view of the Uber safety operator behind the front seat as her gaze alternates between the road and something in the vehicle.

In a marketing video issued in October 2017, Uber boasted of its rigorous operator training and the safety capabilities of its vehicles. A spokesperson said the released video was "disturbing and heartbreaking".

She drew a parallel to railroad grade crossings, where the default response is for the crossing arms to descend if certain equipment is not working. Despite prior reports that indicated the woman appeared "suddenly", she did not. "And there needs to be a safe mode". "It absolutely should have been able to pick her up", he said.

Video taken from onboard cameras in a fatal self-driving auto crash in Arizona Sunday night shows the operator did not have her eyes on the road and the pedestrian was visible for at least a second.

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