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Family of woman killed by self-driving Uber reaches settlement

Family of woman killed by self-driving Uber reaches settlement Family of woman killed by self-driving Uber reaches settlement
Cristina Norman | 30 March, 2018, 00:41

On March 18, at around 10 p.m., an Uber self-driving vehicle hit a woman as she was crossing a street in Tempe, Arizona.

Uber declined to respond to Ars' questions on the record.

"Uber does not use Nvidia DRIVE technology".

Above mentioned to restart this testing operation, Uber must apply for a new autonomous vehicle testing permit.

After the accident, Uber temporarily suspended its self-driving program in Arizona, Pittsburgh, Toronto, and San Francisco. Matt Wing, a spokesman for Uber, said Ron's move is unrelated to the fatal collision on March 18 in Tempe, Arizona. The fall-out from the accident could impede the research, development, and testing of self-driving vehicles. On August 25, 2015, Gov. Ducey famously signed a two-page executive order mandating that the state's Department of Transportation, among other state agencies, "shall undertake any necessary steps to support the testing and operation of self-driving vehicles on public roads within Arizona".

Meaning Uber test cars driving by themselves, with human drivers as backup.

"Dara and I both know all of you have been through a lot of change, and that is not easy", Meyhofer wrote in the email obtained by Bloomberg. Self-driving startup NuTonomy Inc. suspended self-driving tests on public roads in Boston for a week at the request of city officials.

That decision resulted in a self-driving vehicle with more blind spots than its own earlier generation of autonomous cars, as well as those of its rivals, according to interviews with five former employees and four industry experts who spoke for the first time about Uber's technology switch. The governor's office said it provided the emails to the newspaper in September.

Emails discovered by The Guardian illustrate Arizona Governor Doug Ducey's questionably close relationship with Uber. Experts told The Associated Press that the technology on Uber's vehicle should have spotted (name her) the pedestrian and the failure revealed a serious flaw. And the company will have some explaining to do if it wants to get a new permit. Uber put a temporary halt to its self-driving vehicle program in the US after the fatal accident this month near Phoenix, where several other companies including Google-owned Waymo are testing such technology. While the full ramifications of this incident continue to evolve, this cessation of testing will likely slow development by companies other than Uber as well.

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