While we have heard various incidents of self-driving cars getting into accidents, Uber’s most recent accident has to be the worst in which it struck a pedestrian which resulted in her death. Investigations are currently underway and while it might not do the concept of self-driving cars any good, it seems that Uber might not have been at fault in this case.


Speaking to The San Francisco Chronicle, Tempe police chief Sylvia Moir shared her thoughts on the matter and suggested that based on her suspicions and observations, Uber might not be at fault. “I suspect preliminarily it appears that the Uber would likely not be at fault in this accident.”

Moir adds, “The driver said it was like a flash, the person walked out in front of them. His first alert to the collision was the sound of the collision.” A previous report revealed that the Uber self-driving car had made no attempt to brake but according to Moir, “It’s very clear it would have been difficult to avoid this collision in any kind of mode (autonomous or human-driven) based on how she came from the shadows right into the roadway.”

In the meantime Uber has halted its self-driving car testing along with Toyota who also announced that they would be stopping their tests on public roads for now.

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