More questions about that deadly Uber crash in Arizona

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     TRAGIC The test come days after a woman was killed by a driverless Uber car

PA TRAGIC The test come days after a woman was killed by a driverless Uber car

While it's true that the woman appeared in front of the vehicle at the very last moment, some experts have argued that the technology should have detected her.

Regulars to Cartoq would remember our recent report on an Uber self-driving cab in Tempe, Arizona, which killed a woman on Sunday night.

Uber says miles per intervention isn't a measure of the overall safety of its autonomous vehicle testing operations, but rather a way to track the system's improvement. We will provide updated information regarding the investigation once it is available. As Volvo's video below shows, accidents like this are now preventable not just by having an attentive driver, and the one inside the Uber vehicle acting as a sort of backup, certainly appears not to be attentive, but by using active safety systems with automatic braking.

While it does not conclusively show who was at fault, the footage does reveal that the driver, 44-year-old Rafaela Vasquez, looked down just moments before the victim walked in front of the vehicle. It's clear to me after watching the video that Uber has big problems on their hands.

The video is likely to be a key part of investigations of Uber's self-driving auto technology and whether it was ready for testing on public roads.

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The Uber auto was in an autonomous mode when the accident happened.

Lee Chao-hsien (李昭賢), a specialist of the Transport Ministry's Department of Railways and Highways, told CNA that the Uber accident highlights the importance of emergency preparedness.

"Clearly there's a problem, because the radar also should have picked her up throughout, she was moving", he says.

One self-driving auto expert, Bryant Walker Smith, said his first impression was of "outrage" viewing the video.

Uber did not immediately respond to a request for comment on its systems.

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In Taiwan, where traffic conditions are far more complicated than in the US, driverless vehicles should undergo numerous rounds of self-conducted tests to obtain sufficient data, operate on a fixed route, and abide by clear regulations and strong law enforcement, according to government officials, industry investors and experts. Lawmakers have had to juggle the need to encourage innovations that promise to dramatically improve safety on roads with current public safety concerns.

In Arizona, companies such as Uber only need to carry minimum liability insurance to operate self-driving cars.

Companies including Uber, Alphabet's Waymo and General Motors's Cruise Automation have been testing their self-driving technology in Arizona, which has welcomed the industry with a lighter regulatory touch than in states like California, for example.

Although some within the self-driving industry have suggested agreeing testing and safety standards for autonomous technology, there has been no concerted effort to do so.

But Uber's autonomous cars are not operating almost as well as those of its competitors.

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"If their testing is found to be inefficient, that can not be allowed to happen again because these systems have to be ready for road tests".

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