Uber has settled with the family of a pedestrian who killed from one of the company’s self-driving cars. Uber has been steadily growing and expanding. Though Uber’s self-driving cars are not available everywhere, they are offering them in certain areas and many are concerned with this new technology.
Elaine Herzberg was crossing the street in Tempe, Arizona on March 18th, 2018, when an Uber self-driving car struck her. This unfortunate accident ended up being fatal. Herzberg was pushing her bicycle across a busy intersection when the Uber self-driving came in contact with her. A human was inside the car as a precautionary measure although a video of the accident shows the driver looking down until seconds before the victim appeared in front of the car. Local police confirmed that the vehicle was operating in autonomous mode when the accident took place.
A lawyer representing the family of the deceased victim, Elaine Herzberg, told Reuters on Thursday that “the matter has been resolved,” but she did not reveal the settlement’s terms.
A report published earlier this week revealed that Uber removed the number of lidar sensors from its newer fleet of self-driving cars. These sensors are used to help the cars “see” objects in the road, and reducing the number of sensors could have created more blind spots than Uber’s earlier test fleets as well as those of its rivals, the report said.
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