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Self-driving cars are said to be the future of mobility, but the technology is still in its early stage. Now, NYTimes reports that a self-driving Uber car killed a pedestrian in Arizona. This incident leaves us with a question, are self-driving cars a worthy choice?
A Volvo XC90 Uber self-driving vehicle struck a 49-year-old woman which resulted in her death. The shocking fact is that the self-driving car had an emergency backup driver at the time of the accident.
The report states that the self-driving Volvo XC90 couldn't alter its speed and direction when a lady suddenly came in front of the vehicle. It is said that this the first pedestrian death associated with autonomous technology.
This accident is a clear reminder that the self-driving technology is still in the development stage.
The authorities of Arizona have approved a proposal from Waymo to operate self-driving ride-hailing services in the United States. In fact, the officials from Arizona had invited Uber to test their autonomous vehicles on public roads.
Soon after the accident, Uber has suspended the testing of autonomous cars in Tempe, Pittsburgh, San Francisco, and Toronto. The accident will also make the companies revisit their strategy on testing of self-driving cars.
Usually, the self-driving cars are tested in a controlled environment. But, to attract more companies, Arizona took a lenient approach by allowing self-driving cars to ply on public roads. But that decision has now resulted a death of a woman.
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Self-driving technology has been around for quite some time, and several companies are testing the cars equipped with autonomous technology all over the world. But the self-driving tech is still in its early phase. The latest incident is a prime example of why self-driving cars are not yet ready for our roads.