Alphabet Inc's Waymo LLC has yet to comment on its plans since the Uber collision, but the tech giant's Pacifica minivans remain on the road in Arizona, said Kevin Hartke, a Chandler, Arizona, city councilor.
"The stage is now set for what will essentially be beta-testing on public roads with families as unwitting crash test dummies", the letter said.
But then people in the Tempe area started making their own videos-videos that give a dramatically different impression of that section of roadway. We will provide updated information regarding the investigation once it is available. The Tempe police department is now working with Uber as well as the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board to determine the root cause of this tragic incident. Customers call for a auto with the app as usual, and are notified if they happen to be selected for an autonomous ride. The fatality has raised questions about whether Uber does enough to screen its drivers.
Arizona, which has touted its limited regulations as a competitive advantage in the burgeoning industry, does not require the drivers.
"If humans become over-reliant on the technology, and yet they still have a role to play in safe operations of the vehicle, that is absolutely a risk factor", said Deborah A.P. Hersman, president of the National Safety Council and former chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board.
The vehicle that hit Herzberg "was being supervised". Experts who viewed the video told The Associated Press that the SUV's sensors should have seen the woman pushing a bicycle and braked before the impact.
Yet some experts have said that video shot from inside the vehicle shows that the car's safety systems did not function as well as should be expected. A spokesperson said the released video was "disturbing and heartbreaking".
It noted the value of their human chaperones. He's one of hundreds of vehicle operators who've passed test after test in the classroom and out on the track. According to the police, the vehicle, with one safety driver and operating in autonomous mode, did not slow down before impact.
She drew a parallel to railroad grade crossings, where the default response is for the crossing arms to descend if certain equipment is not working. Prior to that point, she appears shrouded in shadow. "It absolutely should have been able to pick her up", he said.
Uber's robotic vehicle project was not living up to expectations months before a self-driving auto operated by the company struck and killed a woman in Tempe, Arizona.