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Uber self-driving car that struck and killed a pedestrian could not detect jaywalkers, says NTSB

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Raw video: Cameras mounted on the vehicle receives the fatal moment. Authorities are investigating the cause of the crash.

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) says that it is an Uber self-driving car that struck and killed a pedestrian in Arizona in 2018, will not be able to detect the jaywalkers.

Barbara Herzberg, died in March of 2018, when an Uber car hit her as she was walking through a dark street in Tempe.

The board said that Uber is autonomous driving system to have been spotted in Herzberg to become of her, but a system that can be used to automatically set the brakes in potentially dangerous situations had been switched off automatically.

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According to the data obtained from the self-driving system, and the system for the first time, registered with the radar and LIDAR observations of the pedestrians about six seconds before the collision, when the vehicle is travelling on a journey, it was at 43 miles per hour,” according to the report. “If it is the motor vehicle and the paths will converge, in the self-driving system, the software classifies the student as an unknown object, such as a car, and a bicycle, with the different expectations of the future travel-path. In the 1.3 seconds before the crash, in the self-driving system, which is an emergency braking manoeuvre was necessary in order to mitigate a collision.”

LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) technology that uses lasers to measure distances, and is also used in the autonomous cars to be equipped with a continuous 360-degree panoramic view.

“According to Uber, one-stop, complex maneuvers are not turned on when the vehicle is not under the control of a computer to reduce the chance of erratic vehicle behavior”, the report added. “The car’s operator will be used to intervene and take action. The system is designed to capture the attention of the operator.”

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The authorities said that the records show that the back driver was trying to stream a tv show on her phone in the moments before the crash.

The details of the self-driving system shows that the vehicle and operator intervention in less than a second before the impact, due to the involvement of the steering wheel, the NTSB report said, noting that the car was traveling at 39 km / h at the moment of impact. “The operator began braking for less than a second after the impact,” the report added. “The data also showed that all of the aspects of the self-driving system was normal at the time of the crash, and that there are no error or diagnostic messages.”

In its report, the NTSB said that “the technological advances have been made in order to use the software for pedestrian-and bicycle-detection, and web, and hosting a variety of events as a set.”

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The board of directors will be Nov. 19, as part of its investigation into the crash and is expected to release recommendations on the operation of self-driving cars.

The research is out on the street, Uber declined to comment on the content of the NTSB report. However, the company said on Fox News that, in conjunction with the Tem, a tragedy, and it has adopted a “critical improvements to the program to include more emphasis on safety and security.”

“We regret the in March 2018, with a crash, in which one of our self-driving vehicle, which took It in Herzberg’s life,” an Uber spokesperson said, via e-mail. “We deeply value the thoroughness of the national transportation safety board investigation into the crash, and am very much looking forward to reviewing their recommendations as soon as they are released after the national transportation safety board meeting later this month.”

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The Associated Press contributed to this article. Follow James Rogers on Twitter @jamesjrogers

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