Uber suspended the testing of self-driving cars in Arizona



Shocking video of self-driving Uber hitting a pedestrian

Fox News Headlines 24/7 anchor Brett Larson discusses the incident, what it means for a self-driving car technology.

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey suspended Uber from the testing of autonomous vehicles in the state on Monday after a self-driving car fatally struck a woman last week.

The Republican governor, in a letter to Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi, left the Arizona Department of Transportation to suspend the company’s self-driving test.

Breaking: @dougducey suspends @uber autonomous vehicle testing

— David Shepardson (@davidshepardson) March 27, 2018

Ducey said he found recent dashcam footage released of the crash “is disturbing and alarming,” adding that “it raises a lot of questions about the ability of Uber to continue testing in Arizona.”

The camera images released on Wednesday by the Tempe Police showed up, both the interior and the exterior of the corners of the car ride in the run-up to the time that the pedestrians, who as Elaine Herzberg, 49, was hit.


The incident, Ducey said: “it is an indisputable non-compliance” with the expectation of public safety is a top priority for everyone that the exploitation of this technology in the state.”

Uber tweeted in a response that the company is “proactively suspended self-driving activities are available in all cities directly after the tragic incident of last week,” and added the work with researchers in any way we can.”

We proactively suspended self-driving activities are available in all cities directly after the tragic incident of last week. We will continue to help researchers in any way we can, and we keep an open dialogue with the Governor’s office to address any concerns they have.

— Uber-Communication (@Uber_Comms) March 27, 2018

The company previously said in a statement find out the dashcam video is disturbing and heartbreaking to see.”

The interior video shows the car’s driver, Rafaela Vasquez, 44, was hung behind the wheel of the vehicle — which police said was moving at around 40 miles per hour around 10 am on 18 March.

Although the Volvo XC90 SUV was in self-driving mode, Vasquez was in the car, as the safety of the driver, who, in the event there is a failure or problem, could take over.


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In the moments before the car struck Herzberg, Vasquez is seen repeatedly looking down, apparently in the direction of the console area of the car, until she suddenly looks shocked at the pedestrian area in front of her.

Exterior video shows the Uber car ride at night when vehicle headlights suddenly illuminate Herzberg, who runs with her bike in the street, outside a crosswalks.

Ambulance rushed Herzberg to a local hospital, where she died from her injuries. The police have said neither Herzberg nor Vasquez showed signs of impairment in the crash, and Vasquez has worked in their research.

The incident was the first disaster involving a self-driving car.

Fox News’ Stephen Sorace and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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