Police in Tempe, Ariz., released video of an autonomous Uber SUV hitting and killing a woman who was crossing the street Wednesday, the first video of the crash.
In the dashboard camera footage, 49-year-old Elaine Herzberg can be seen crossing the road Sunday evening with her bicycle moments before impact, with the car making no apparent effort to stop.
A second angle shows an operator in the driver’s seat of the SUV, required in the driverless test vehicles, looking into his phone and becoming startled at the impact. Police did not share video of the actual hit, “due to the graphic nature of the impact,” according to Fox News.
Police say the vehicle was traveling around at 38 mph in a 35 mph zone along the unlit road, and Herzberg was not walking on a crosswalk. Two experts told the Associated Press that the Volvo’s laser sensors should have been able to see the woman and at least attempt to brake.
“It absolutely should have been able to pick her up,” Sam Abuelsamid, an analyst for Navigant Research studying driverless cars, told the AP. “From what I see in the video it sure looks like the car is at fault, not the pedestrian.”
Uber has suspended testing of all vehicles across the country, and after release of the video, said it was continuing to cooperate with the investigation.
“Our hearts go out to the victim’s family,” the company said in a statement.” We’re fully cooperating with Tempe Police and local authorities as they investigate this incident. The video is disturbing and heartbreaking to watch, and our thoughts continue to be with Elaine’s loved ones. Our cars remain grounded, and we’re assisting local, state and federal authorities in any way we can.”
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