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Wednesday, 21 March 2018

Uber Driverless Car Killed Woman During Test Drive

The US ride-hailing company has said it is halting its pilot program for driverless cars after a vehicle equipped with the nascent technology hit and killed a pedestrian in Tempe, Arizona on Sunday.
In what appears to be the first reported fatal crash involving a self-driving vehicle
and a pedestrian in the US, a woman was killed Sunday evening when she was struck by an Uber autonomous vehicle while walking outside of the crosswalk of a road in Tempe, Arizona.

According to the Tempe Police Department she was transferred to a local hospital where she died from her injuries. Tempe police said that the car was "in autonomous mode at the time of the collision, with a vehicle operator behind the wheel."
Autonomous mode means the car is driving on its own. During tests, a person sits behind the wheel as a safeguard.

In a statement Monday, the San-Francisco-based ride-hailing company said that it was "fully cooperating with local authorities in the investigation. Uber Chief Executive Dara Khosrowshahi tweeted: "Some incredibly sad news out of Arizona. We're thinking of the victim's family as we work with local law enforcement to understand what happened."

When the company first began testing such cars in California in 2016, the vehicles were caught running red lights, leading to a high-profile dispute with California regulators.
The company noted that driverless cars "require human intervention in many conditions, including bad weather." It also said the new technology had the potential to reduce the number of traffic accidents in the country.


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Endy Edeson

That's right but the driverless car is not completely worthless

Jeremiah Ademolu

Driverless in this world where the one driving carefully still get hit by drunk or reckless driver, am not in support

Endy Edeson

Jeremiah; Yeah, If it is having this kind of issue in advance countries, then it is a big NO to a country like Nigeria

Olufemi Adekunle Rotty

One of the fatality that comes with technology advancement,we didnt arrive here without a price,its sad anyway.

Gbolahan Libra General

Very soon, under new development by, 2030, a car of mind sensor that will read people's minds and take them to their destinations will be invented. And have you heard of the recently launched first WORLD'S TRANSPARENT CAR in Germany?

Endy Edeson

@Rotty, yeah, there is a price to pay for everything we enjoy. Even Michael Faraday paid his life for the electricity we are using now. @Libra: Sure, those white folks are very visionary. @Stanley: Yeah, it is nice but a bit dangerous

Oluwaseun King Sofoluwe

There's a price for everything. If perfected, it becomes very useful.

Aruoture Goodie

Its gng to be really boring... Trust me... Ppl
will still opt in for d normal car

Daniel Orji

I can't even imagine such(driverless car) in my dear country where it take a careful driver extra effort to avoid running into pedestrians.....i mean if you drive on the street of Lagos you understand what carelessness is by pedestrians is! #Smartphone era worsen the matter

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