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Experts: Uber SUV's autonomous system should have seen woman

Posted: 5:26 PM, Mar 22, 2018
Updated: 2018-03-23 00:43:17Z
Experts: Uber car should have seen woman

Two experts say video of a deadly crash involving a self-driving Uber vehicle shows the sport utility vehicle's laser and radar sensors should have spotted a pedestrian, and computers should have braked to avoid the crash.

Authorities investigating the crash in a Phoenix suburb released the video of Uber's Volvo striking a woman as she walked from a darkened area onto a street.

Experts who viewed the video told The Associated Press that the SUV's sensors should have seen the woman pushing a bicycle and braked before the impact.

Also, Uber's human backup driver appears in the video to be looking down before the crash and appears startled about the time of the impact.

The video could have a broad impact on autonomous vehicle research.