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Self-Driving Startup Temporarily Halts Tests on Boston Roads

Self-Driving Startup Temporarily Halts Tests on Boston Roads

Ryan Calo, a researcher studying the legalities involved in vehicle autonomy at the University of Washington, outlined that even if the pedestrian is found partly responsible in the Uber incident, the company will also be held liable.

"It's possible that Uber's automated driving system did not detect the pedestrian, did not classify her as a pedestrian, or did not predict her departure from the median", Smith said in an email.

Based on figures provided by the Department of Motor Vehicles in California, Apple now has permits to test a total of 45 self-driving vehicles on public roads in its home state. Certainly, the safety driver, who was behind the wheel at the time of the collision, was unable to react in time.

Silicon Valley, automakers and other companies have been streaking toward producing vehicles that were said to be capable technologically of greatly reducing traffic accidents and fatalities. In 2016, the latest full year for which data is available, 448 pedestrians were killed by vehicles on United Kingdom roads, and more than 6,000 in the US.

Some incredibly sad news out of Arizona.

"We believe we have enough in our laws right now to regulate automobiles", Biesty told Reuters. Any risk of road accident by self-driving cars will be significantly less than the current number of road accidents - which is reported to be a staggering 1.25 million per year.

Biesty said his agency is waiting for a federal investigation by safety regulators to conclude before drawing any conclusions.

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- Arizona has opened its arms to companies testing self-driving vehicles as a means to economic growth and jobs. Uber has been cooperating with them.

Elaine Herzberg, 49, was walking her bicycle outside the crosswalk on a four-lane road in the Phoenix suburb of Tempe about 10 p.m. MST Sunday (0400 GMT Monday) when she was struck by the Uber vehicle traveling at about 40 miles per hour (65 km per hour), police said.

The Maricopa County Attorney's Office will ultimately determine whether any charges will be filed in the crash.

The National Transportation Safety Board announced an investigation into the matter.

- Nevada was the first to authorize operation of autonomous vehicles in 2011. The company should also ask what other lurking problems may exist.

The auto was in autonomous mode at the time of the crash, police said. GM has said it plans to launch a robo-taxi service developed with its Cruise Automation unit next year, and said on Tuesday it stood by that timeline.

Meanwhile the National Transportation Safety Board in the USA tweeted that it is also investigating the crash.


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