Uber unmanned vehicle first hit in a car crashMarch 20, 2018
That ended an unblemished chapter in the history of unmanned vehicles, which until recently though appeared to be participants in the road accident, but they occurred without casualties.
According to information and analytical agency Bloomberg, a car accident involving an unmanned vehicle of Uber taxi service happened in the US state of Arizona. According to the agency, a taxi in the dark during the day collided with a bicycle 49-year-old woman, Elai Herzberg, who died from the injuries.
According to the police, which is investigating this high-profile case, there is no guilt of an unmanned vehicle in an accident, as there is no fault of the driver who was behind his wheel for backup, as reported by the San Francisco Chronicle.
Silvia Moir, police chief of Temple City, told us about the details of the car crash: “It is clear that it would be extremely difficult to avoid this clash in any mode – in an autonomous or with a driver, based on how she (the cyclist) jumped out of the darkness onto the road. I believe that the Uber car is unlikely to be guilty of this incident.”
As for the driver of the unmanned Volvo XC90, which is used for service tests, he did not notice the deceased woman until the moment of collision.
It also turned out that the unmanned vehicle in the accident area moved at a speed of 38 miles per hour (61 kilometers per hour in equivalent), which is 5 kilometers per hour above the permissible speed for that section of the road.
Immediately after the accident, before the end of his investigation, Uber CEO Dara Khosrovshahi told the family of the deceased woman of condolence.
Also, the company stopped testing all unmanned taxis to the final point in this investigation.