An Uber Robot Car Kills Arizona Pedestrian
On Sunday, a self-driving autonomous car operated by Uber Technologies Inc., struck and killed a woman walking across an Arizona road. It is supposedly the first pedestrian death associated with the self-driving technology.
Arizona officials invited Uber and other companies to test their driverless cars on the state roads a few years ago.
Elaine Herzberg, 49, was struck by an Uber test vehicle operating in autonomous mode. The car operated by Uber came with a backup driver behind the wheel. The company has halted the testing in Tempe as well as San Francisco, Pittsburgh, Toronto and the Phoenix area.
“Our hearts go out to the victim’s family,” the company said in a statement and has extended full support to the investigation.
The governments are still trying to figure out how to regulate the driverless technology which is still in its experimental stages.
Arizona has the least laws regulating the use of driverless technology and allows even driverless trucks on the road.
This accident might just come as a roadblock for the companies working on this technology.