Ubers autonomous vehicle kill pedestrian, why did it fail?
The road to 100% autonomous vehicles took a turn for the worst last week when Ubers’ Autonomous Volvo hit and killed a pedestrian crossing the street. The victim was jaywalking across a dark section of the highway when she was hit. Regardless of whether or not it was light or dark at the time, autonomous vehicles should be able to detect an object moving into its path and take the appropriate steps to avoid a collision. What makes this tragedy even worse was the fact that each Uber autonomous Volvo is required to have a human driver to avoid these types of accidents. The in-cabin camera clearly shows the human driver looking down, with his eyes off the road at the time of the accident. The external camera did show that the victim appeared almost out of nowhere and police who reviewed the recording doubt whether anyone, human or AI, would have been able to avoid a collision. Regardless of the circumstances, Arizona’s governor has suspended the Uber autonomous Volvo fleet until programmers can figure out why the autonomous system failed to recognize the pedestrian and avoid the collision. Do you think this will be a major setback for all autonomous vehicles?