Every time you get into a vehicle, whether you are the driver or just a passenger, you’re taking a risk. The National Safety Council said that nearly 40,000 people died in 2016 from motor vehicle crashes in the U.S. Scary!
Most horrific car accidents occur in a split second, without much time to react. That’s exactly what happened earlier this week when a self-driving Uber vehicle killed a pedestrian.
With all of the safety features built-in to autonomous vehicles, it’s been a mystery as to how this gruesome incident occurred. Fortunately, dash cam footage has just been released that gives us a glimpse into what happened.
Warning! You may find this footage unsettling
Tempe Police released the following video of the fatal crash that happened late Sunday night. The video has been edited, but some might still find it disturbing.
As you can see, the video contains footage from both outside and inside the vehicle. The victim, Elaine Herzberg, seems to come out of nowhere just before being struck by the car.
The “driver” is visibly shaken when they realize what just happened. Uber’s autonomous vehicles have been in test mode for quite some time in select cities across the U.S.
These self-driving cars have human safety drivers behind the wheel, so they can take control of the vehicle if there appears to be an emergency situation unfolding. In this tragic event, there wasn’t enough time to react.
Autonomous cars use LiDAR technology, which stands for Light Detection and Ranging. It’s designed to detect other vehicles, road signs, and pedestrians. The technology is known to have trouble with detection when transitioning from dark to light or light to dark, which seems to be what happened during this fatal accident.
Clearly, self-driving vehicle technology isn’t ready to be fully implemented yet. Improvements and more safety features are still required. But what is the future of autonomous vehicles?
Kim Komando believes we’ll end up having autonomous vehicle dedicated lanes. Like bike lanes or train tracks, self-driving cars will have their own lanes to keep pedestrians from mistakenly walking into them. It’ll be an enter at your own risk situation.
Police and the National Transportation Safety Board are still conducting investigations into this fatal accident. As of now, police say Uber is not at fault for the accident.
Stay protected during dangerous driving situations
If you’ve ever been in an accident, you know that is just the beginning. Over the next several months you could find yourself battling with insurance companies, fighting over who is responsible for covering damages and medical costs.
Dash cams are great resources for documenting everything happening around you. If you get into an accident or are a victim of road rage, a dash cam will let the facts speak for themselves.
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