On March 18, 2018, a woman was struck and killed by a self-driving car operated by Uber in Tempe, Arizona. It is believed to be the first pedestrian death caused by self-driving technology—and could alter the future of a loosely regulated, poorly understood industry.
The Volvo XC90 SUV outfitted with sensors, was in auto mode when it struck a woman. There was a human safety driver at the wheel, but the car had no passengers. The woman, Elaine Herzberg, was transported to a Phoenix area hospital, where she died shortly after.
In response, Uber has pulled its self-driving vehicles off public roads in the Phoenix metro area, Toronto, Pittsburgh and San Francisco. The National Transportation Safety Board and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration have sent investigative teams to Tempe.
It is unknown what impact this incident will have on the future regulation of automated driving. However, this tragedy makes clear that automated technology has a long way to go before it is truly safe for use on public roadways.
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