NEWBURGH GAZETTE, 20 MARCH 2018, FEAT. PROF. BRYANT WALKER SMITH:
Uber autonomous auto causes first death by a self-driving vehicle; company responds on Twitter. The 49-year-old woman, Elaine Herzberg, was crossing the road outside of a crosswalk when the Uber vehicle operating in autonomous mode under the supervision of a human safety driver struck her, according to the Tempe Police Department. He said he did not yet know how close Herzberg was to the vehicle when she stepped into the lane. However, after the incident and with federal safety regulators sending teams to investigate the crash, several congressmen have halted their efforts over safety concerns. Uber’s self-driving software or autonomous mode requires cars to be fitted with a variety of equipment in order to detect its surroundings.