Self-driving uber kills woman in US

Sadly, a pedestrian has been killed in the US after being struck by a self-driving uber. It raises urgent concerns over the technology.

A woman from Arizona has been killed after stepping out in front of a self-driving Uber, which marks the first fatality involving the technology after it began extensive testing in pockets throughout North America.

It is stated that the Uber, a Volvo XC90, was traveling at 65km/h when it hit the woman; that there was a person behind the wheel but self-driving mode was activated.

After reviewing details of the on-board recordings, Tempe Police Chief Sylvia Moir said “it’s very clear it would have been very difficult to avoid this collision in any kind of mode based on how she came from the shadows right into the roadway”.

Self-driving cars have been hot topic over the past few years and this tech has driven many new concepts by major brands over this time. The tech is widely anticipated to be staple diet in the developed world within a decade.

Now, this fatality could have a serious impact on the outlook for self-driving in the near future and is likely to delay its outlay for some time.

Although it must be noted that this is the first fatality involving the tech; and that over the same period of time countless others have been killed in, and by, human-driven vehicles, it still begs the question how self-driving cars react in real-life situations.

Had the driver had control of the vehicle, would this woman still be alive?

As for the on-board driver, it is unclear whether or not they will be charged for the death. Meanwhile, Uber have suspended all autonomous testing North America.