Herzberg later died from her injuries in a hospital.
"Some incredibly sad news out of Arizona", Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi tweeted. The company has said on social media that it is fully cooperating with Tempe Police and local authorities. "Care should be taken to not jump to any conclusions about the performance of the vehicle, or the behavior of the pedestrian, until a full accident reconstruction is completed". However, Moir told the Chronicle that "it's very clear [from the videos] it would have been difficult to avoid this collision in any kind of mode (autonomous or human-driven) based on how she came from the shadows right into the roadway".
Driver-less vehicles are great in theory and - if we're gonna be honest - the idea that we ever needed humans to physically pilot machines at all will be a quaint notion within the next few decades.
Tempe police say the crash involving an Uber SUV happened Sunday night in the first known fatality by a self-driving test vehicle. All major car manufacturers are investing in self-driving technologies, while latecomers to car manufacturing are trying to disrupt the car industry.
The California DMV also said it plans to seek answers from Uber, though it stopped short of saying whether the crash would affect plans for testing on public roads of self-driving cars with no human support behind the wheel.
Since the moment autonomous vehicles were rolled out, their creators - notably, Elon Musk - have made a point of sending the message out with them that this technology can actually be safer than letting a human control a car.
Uber and Waymo on Friday urged Congress to pass sweeping legislation to speed the introduction of self-driving cars into the United States.
Arizona has welcomed companies testing self-driving vehicles as a means to economic growth and jobs.
Needless to say, pedestrians and cyclists are among the biggest challenges for autonomous cars.
Meanwhile, a Canadian Senate committee warned in a report earlier this year departments and levels of government are taking contradictory approaches to automated vehicles and the federal government needs to better co-ordinate action. "No matter how safe we make vehicles on the roads, they're never going to be 100 percent safe", Maynard said.
Last week, Magna International announced a deal with Lyft Inc., an American ride-hailing company that competes with Uber, to develop advanced driverless car technology through a multi-year partnership and a US$200 million investment in Lyft. Just as such simple movements can often surprise motorists, software systems have not yet proved adept at predicting or reacting to such behavior.
An Uber self-driving car has hit and killed a woman crossing the street in Arizona, marking the first fatality caused by an autonomous vehicle and a potential blow to the technology expected to transform transportation.
The National Transportation Safety Board has sent a small team to Tempe to investigate what happened.
Much of the testing of autonomous cars has taken place in a piecemeal regulatory environment.
Additionally, Arizona has in recent times become a hotbed for the testing of autonomous vehicles.
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