Not so long ago, Uber launched in the US testing of unmanned vehicles, which had already been suspended due to a fatal accident. In Arizona, an unmanned vehicle belonging to the company, knocked the cyclist who crossed the road to death. Because of mutilations incompatible with life, a woman later died in the hospital,
The collision occurred at 22:00 local time. A woman with a bicycle crossed the road, being outside the pedestrian crossing, but at the same time walked parallel with him, without stepping on the markings. At the wheel of the car Uber was the driver, but the machine itself was in the "autopilot" mode. According to the established testing rules, when dangerous situations arise on the road, the driver is obliged to intercept control of the car, completely taking control of the vehicle on himself, but this for some reason did not happen. There were no other passengers in the car.
The head of Uber, Dara Khosrovshahi, offered his condolences to the relatives of the deceased and noted that the company is closely cooperating with the police and will help in the investigation of the incident.
A year ago, the company Uber suspended the test because one of its cars overturned during the next maneuver. At that time, no one was hurt.
Recall that road accidents involving unmanned vehicles have occurred before. In 2016, the driver of the Tesla Model S, who was traveling in a car with the autopilot on, was killed. The driver disregarded the instructions and did not follow the road as prescribed.
Uber Press Service reported that testing of autopilot vehicles is now temporarily stopped in San Francisco, Phoenix, Pittsburgh and Toronto.
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