Published: Tue, March 27, 2018
Money | By Hannah Jacobs

Arizona Gov Suspends Uber's Self-Driving Tests Following Fatal Accident

Arizona Gov Suspends Uber's Self-Driving Tests Following Fatal Accident

Ride-hailing service Uber responded on Tuesday to Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey's decision to suspend the company's ability to test and operate autonomous vehicles in the state by saying it has suspended such operations in all cities.

"In the best interests of the people of my state, I have directed the Arizona Department of Transportation to suspend Uber's ability to test and operate autonomous vehicles on Arizona's public roadways", Ducey added.

Research has found that humans monitoring an automated system can become bored and disengaged, making semi-autonomous testing particularly unsafe.


In the days after the collision, both Waymo and Intel have come forward to explain how their autonomous systems would have reacted in the same situation.

Fox News Headlines 24/7 anchor Brett Larson discusses the incident, what it means for self-driving auto technology.

John Krafcik, chief executive of Waymo, was speaking at the annual gathering of the National Automobile Dealers Association in Las Vegas.


The footage shows the pedestrian crossing a darkened street and captures the seconds just before the human driver who sits in the vehicle for safety reasons sees the victim. Uber's system hadn't identified her at all, Vijay said.

The video, Smith said, may not show the complete picture, but "this is strongly suggestive of multiple failures of Uber and its system, its automated system, and its safety driver". He said recent developments in artificial intelligence have led some to believe that this process is easier than it actually is, and that the experience of more established "computer vision experts", like those who help design existing driver-assist systems, should not be discounted. Nor have details been revealed over why Uber's vehicle failed to stop and if the company's self-driving system ever detected Herzberg before the fatal accident. "She's moving on a dark road, but it's an open road, so Lidar and radar should have detected and classified her" as a human, said Bryant Walker Smith, a University of SC law professor who studies autonomous vehicles.

It has also been claimed this week that the Uber-owned Volvo had had its automatic emergency braking (AEB) system disabled.


Reporting of the issue began to focus on Uber's patchy safety record throughout its AV trials, which includes a raft of previous incidents their AVs were involved in, and a vastly higher number of human interventions required than their competitors, or than their engineers predicted. However, the system was not active on this particular auto. "Because that was an accident that was in a vehicle that had technology representing the self-driving space".

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