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by Neal Rogers
March 21, 2018
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The tantalizing promise of autonomous and semi-autonomous vehicles that refuse to hit cyclists and pedestrians was dampened by grim reality this week when a driverless Uber vehicle struck and killed a woman walking her bike across a road in Arizona.
A Volvo XC90 that was part of Uber’s autonomous driving fleet, with a human safety driver behind the wheel, struck and killed 49-year-old Elaine Herzberg as she walked her bike across the road around 10 p.m. Sunday. According to police, the vehicle did not appear to slow prior to the crash and the human safety driver was not impaired.
Arizona has become a hotbed of autonomous vehicle testing thanks to a light touch from the state’s regulators. The state declared itself a regulation-free zone for autonomous testing in 2015. It is one of just a few states that allow autonomous cars to drive without a human safety driver inside.
The incident is a reminder that autonomous vehicle technology is still in its development phase, and reopened questions as to whether such vehicles are truly ready for public roads. While autonomous systems have become adept at detecting other vehicles, detecting and avoiding smaller, less predictable, and more vulnerable pedestrians and cyclists is more difficult.
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