Police have released video footage of the moment a self driving Uber car killed a pedestrian in the United States last week.
The incident is thought to be the first time an autonomous vehicle has been involved in a fatal accident.
The footage shows the pedestrian crossing a darkened street and captures the seconds just before the human driver who sits in the vehicle for safety reasons sees the victim.
The vehicle then shows the moment the car collides with the pedestrian.
It also shows that he lights of the self driving SUV didn’t shine on the the victim, Elaine Herzberg, 49, until a second before the impact.
***JUST RELEASED*** video from #uberaccident Sunday night that killed a pedestrian in #Tempe. Who do you think was at fault? #AutonomousCars or woman (crossing not in a crosswalk)? Thoughts? #fox10phoenix pic.twitter.com/IiNZ4rjWtq
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But crucially, safety experts have raised questions as to why the car didn’t spot the pedestrian and stop anyway as the vehicle shouldn’t need its lights to recognise a hazard in the road.
The crash, which happened last week in Tempe was the first fatality involving a self driving vehicle.
Police said the Volvo was in self driving mode and had a backup human driver behind the wheel when the accident occured.
Police originally said that it was unlikely the car would be found at fault.
However, safety experts said that the sensors on the vehicle should have spotted Herzberg
In a statement a spokesperson for Uber said: “The video is disturbing and heartbreaking to watch, and our thoughts continue to be with Elaine’s loved ones. Our cars remain grounded, and we’re assisting local, state and federal authorities in any way we can.”
The company has suspended testing of its self driving vehicles following the incident.
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