NPR reports that Uber has suspended all autonomous vehicle operations in Pittsburgh, Tempe, San Francisco and Toronto in response to the crash. The accident may result in safer autonomous cars regulated by more stringent oversight.
Also, the police chief warned that "this is really new ground we're venturing into" if the AI responsible for driving the vehicle is ultimately found to be responsible for the accident. We can say that the question on automobile safety would boil down to the society's choice in due time, but the media will play a good role on how accidents involving autonomous vehicles are reported. The Volvo was in self-driving mode with a human backup driver at the wheel when it struck Elaine Herzberg as she was walking a bicycle outside the lines of a crosswalk in Tempe, police said. While the vehicle was in autonomous mode, a backup driver was present and there were no other passengers in the auto.
"The pedestrian was outside of the crosswalk".
Tempe Police Chief Sylvia Moir relayed to the publication that the driver said it "was like a flash, the person walked out in front of them". "It's very clear it would have been hard to avoid this collision in any kind of mode", Sylvia Moir, police chief in Tempe, Arizona, said. They have been testing their vehicles and technology on public roads. "Ultimately the investigation will be submitted to the Maricopa County Attorney's Office for review and any potential charges".
According to preliminary investigations, the incident in Arizona would have been hard to avoid even if the vehicle was being driven manually.
"We believe that open collaboration with various companies is critical" for mobility as a service, a spokeswoman for Toyota said in an email after the Uber incident. With the right testing and technology, self-driving cars could still join their ranks. By far safety is the first concern.
Individual US states have been competing for investment by allowing self-driving vehicles on their roads, usually with the presence of human monitors.
Who else is testing self-driving cars? "That's why Uber and Waymo test there".
Police are yet to determine who was at fault in the fatal collision. However, in the case of Tesla, the company hasn't done any testing in California since November of 2016. Although self-driving cars are already on the roads in many parts of the US, China, Japan, Germany and in many other countries, governments may subject future self-driving proposals to closer scrutiny. A survey issued past year by the American Automobile Association found that three-quarters of U.S. drivers were afraid of riding in an autonomous vehicle. There were no injuries.
"That being said, I think it's important not to kill the initiative of autonomous cars".