Dashcam Footage Shows the Moment a "Self-Driving" Uber Hits and Kills a Woman Crossing the
Let's file this case under: Things We're Not Doing in the Future. As children we all had at least one thought of futuristic cars with out of sight technology. In recent years, self-driving cars have made those dreams a little more of a reality. The "ride sharing" company Uber has employed several of these new cars into their services and now, one car has been involved in the death of an Arizona woman.
Here are the details surrounding the accident:
"Authorities in Arizona have released dramatic dash cam footage showing the moments leading up to a self-driving Uber car's fatal collision with a pedestrian.
The video released by Tempe police on Wednesday shows the car driving 38ph in a 45-mph zone along a relatively empty roadway last Sunday night.
A woman walking while rolling her bicycle suddenly appears in the headlights, with the footage cutting out a split second before impact.The car does not appear to slow down before the crash, and police told the Phoenix New Times that neither the car nor the driver braked 'significantly' before impact.The victim was later identified as Elaine Herzberg, 49.
In another frame, the driver, Rafaela Vasquez, is seen behind the wheel as the car rides on its own.
In the seconds leading up to the collision, Vasquez, the safety driver who must take control of the car if there are any problems, is seen looking down and to the side.
Seconds later, Vasquez grows alarmed when she realizes the car is about to hit the pedestrian.
The footage appears to back up Vasquez's claims that she was alert during the ride and nothing she could have done would have prevented the fatal collision.
'The video is disturbing and heartbreaking to watch, and our thoughts continue to be with Elaine’s loved ones,' an Uber spokesperson told The Wall Street Journal.
'Our cars remain grounded, and we’re assisting local, state and federal authorities in any way we can.'
Vasquez was supposed to act as a 'safety driver' and take control of the vehicle if anything went wrong.
She told police that Herzberg, who had spent time in prison for drug offenses, stepped out in front of her with a bicycle carrying multiple shopping bags and that she had no time to brake before it hit her.
She was traveling at 40 mph at the time, well within the 45 mph speed limit and insisted that she was alert but that nothing could have been done to stop the crash.
Her story was supported by footage from cameras fitted at the front and back of the Volvo SUV that Vasquez was in control of.
The accident prompted Uber to pull all of its self-driving cars in Arizona and in Pittsburgh and Toronto, where they are also being operated in test mode.
The fatal crash is the first of its kind since the cars were introduced to roads in 2016. A separate incident last year saw one vehicle flip onto its side.
Herzberg's death has sparked concern over whether the vehicles should be trusted in the same way as regular cars but police have since said that the company is not at fault.
It is not clear if or when Uber plans to return the vehicles to the road.
In a statement, an Uber spokesman told DailyMail.com on Tuesday: 'Our hearts go out to the victim's family. We are fully cooperating with authorities and investigations of this incident.'"
Here is the video showing the accident from the exterior and interior view.
So, after seeing this video and reading the details surrounding the case, do you think self-driving cars should be kept on the road?