21 Mar

Uber Self Driving Car Kills Woman

A self-driving Uber car hit and killed a pedestrian Sunday night in Tempe, Arizona, police said, in what appears to be the first case of a pedestrian death caused by an autonomous vehicle. The vehicle was in “autonomous mode at the time of the collision, with a vehicle operator behind the wheel,” Tempe police said in a statement.

There were no passengers in the Uber vehicle. In a briefing on Monday afternoon, police said the car was equipped with multiple cameras — one looking forward and one facing the human driver. Police added that the driver showed no signs of impairment and that prosecutors will be looking at the case for possible charged. The vehicle was going 40 mph when it hit the pedestrian. There was no indication the car attempted to slow itself before the collision.

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