The Tempe police department released a short clip Wednesday of the March 18 crash in which a Volvo XC90 operating in autonomous mode struck and killed a woman walking a bicycle across the road. According to Tempe police, Herzberg was walking her bike across the street when the Uber vehicle met her going 38 miles per hour in a 35 miles per hour speed limit zone.
Uber's paused self-driving vehicle testing programs are in Pittsburgh, the Tempe metropolitan area, San Francisco, and Toronto.
Vasquez appears shocked as she sees the pedestrian at the last second.
Tempe police Sgt. Ronald Elcock said that the pedestrian stepped into the street outside of the crosswalk and was immediately struck by the vehicle.
Elaine Herzberg, 49, died in hospital following the crash.
The National Transportation Safety Board, which makes recommendations for preventing crashes, is investigating the crash.
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Recently, Tempe Police released the dash-cam footage of this incident involving the autonomous vehicle and the 49-year-old pedestrian. The technology's backup - the human test driver who was also in the vehicle at the time of the crash - also failed to react. The Light Detection and Ranging (LIDAR) sensor uses light to measure distance between objects and the Radio Detection and Ranging (RADAR) sensor uses radio waves to detect objects and determine their range, angle, and movement. Appears being the operative word here as it's not known what she was looking down at. According to police, the vehicle, which also had a human pilot in the front, wasn't speeding, but didn't brake much. Their spokeswoman released a statement on the accident saying, "Our hearts go out to the victim's family", and that Uber is "fully cooperating with local authorities in their investigation of this incident".
"As we develop self-driving technology, safety is our primary concern every step of the way", Matt Kallman, an Uber spokesman, said after the crash.
According to a Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll in January, two-thirds of Americans are uncomfortable about the idea of riding in self-driving cars.
Tempe Police Chief Sylvia Moir told the San Francisco Chronicle that the collision would have been hard to avoid regardless of whether the auto was autonomous or human-driven.
One question on regulators' minds will be why the sensors did not pick up on the presence of Herzberg, who would ostensibly have already crossed three lanes of traffic before arriving in the path of the Uber vehicle.
"Though no information is available, one would have to conclude based on this video alone, that there are problems in the Uber vehicle software that need to be rectified", he said. The ride-sharing company has been testing self-driving vehicles for months as it competes with other technology companies and automakers like Ford and General Motors. A 2017 study conducted by AAA shows three-quarters of US drivers are afraid to ride in a self-driving vehicle and only 10 percent think they would make roads safer.