Autonomous vehicle Uber: a driver charged with homicide after an accident


She pleads not guilty. The driver of an autonomous Uber vehicle involved in a fatal accident in March 2018 in Arizona in the United States has been charged with manslaughter by the American justice, according to a statement from local authorities released Tuesday.

The car in question was driving in Tempe as part of a test program for the automated driving system developed by Uber when it collided with a pedestrian crossing the road on foot, at night, next to her bicycle.

“When a driver gets behind the wheel of a car, it is their responsibility to control and operate the vehicle safely and within the law,” said county prosecutor Allister Adel.

Distracted by her phone

The agency in charge of transportation safety in the United States had estimated at the end of 2019 that the driver of the vehicle was the main responsible for the shock insofar as she was distracted by her mobile phone at the time of the collision. But the agency had also implicated the group of VTC.

If the car’s sensors had detected the victim 5.6 seconds before the impact, the software was not programmed to recognize her as a pedestrian because she was outside a protected passage, the agency had notably underlined. . She also deplored the absence of adequate mechanisms to compensate for the possible carelessness of the drivers.

That crash, combined with those involving Tesla cars equipped with driver assistance software, had forced most groups engaged in autonomous driving technology to reassess their safety systems. Uber declined to comment on the indictment on Wednesday.

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