Uber's self-driving cars were struggling before Arizona crash

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"This is a catastrophic failure that happened with Uber's technology".

Police said it was a brake test and a visibility test.

Video released from inside the vehicle's viewpoint appears to show the pedestrian coming out of nowhere, illuminated by the vehicle's headlights only seconds before she is struck and killed.

Tempe police said the investigation is continuing and would not say whether Vasquez was distracted by something in the vehicle. The Tempe police department is now working with Uber as well as the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board to determine the root cause of this tragic incident. There are few federal rules governing the testing of autonomous cars. But since then there have been a couple of follow-up stories suggesting the auto and the driver should have been able to see more than they did.

Many developers of driverless technology say humans can easily be lulled into a false sense of security as they putter along city streets, leaving them mentally unprepared to suddenly seize control of the wheel if they are needed.

Waymo and Cruise, a self-driving vehicle company owned by GM, reported their "intervention" numbers to California regulators. Both the National Transportation Safety Board and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration are conducting their own investigations into the incident. California has required the presence of such safety drivers, though starting next month firms can apply for a permit not to use them if certain requirements are met.

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The vehicle that hit Herzberg "was being supervised".

"The car's LiDAR (light ranging and detection laser system) should have picked the pedestrian up far before it hit her", says Raj Rajkumar, who leads the autonomous vehicle research team at Carnegie Mellon University. The victim was reportedly walking outside of a crosswalk at around 10pm on Sunday and only came into the vehicle's view at the last second.

It noted the value of their human chaperones. "These tests teach operators and vehicles to expect the unexpected - like swinging auto doors, pedestrians and unusual roadways".

Uber has suspended its self-driving vehicle tests in Arizona, California, Pittsburgh and Toronto.

She drew a parallel to railroad grade crossings, where the default response is for the crossing arms to descend if certain equipment is not working. "This appears to have been a serious failure of the Uber perception system", adding that if the lidar wasn't operating as intended, "this accident calls into question Uber's ability to correctly and promptly interpret its data". "And there needs to be a safe mode".

Video released by police in Tempe, Arizona, shows the final seconds leading up to the first known pedestrian fatality in a self-driving auto crash.

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