A safety driver was in the vehicle, but video footage shows that he was distracted and looking at his phone as the car navigated itself. Though the pedestrian was crossing at a part of the road where there was no crosswalk, the self-driving vehicle’s sensor should have detected her presence. The vehicle never slowed to avoid impact. Uber has since settled with the victim’s family and suspended test driving on public roads.
Even with these driverless vehicle-related tragedies, it seems as if the move towards driverless vehicles isn’t over. The California DMV is still proposing a pilot testing program that will allow self-driving vehicles to be tested with and without drivers. Though it seems some companies, like Uber, will be out of the game, others will march on.
Even with recent events, we hope that self-driving vehicles will eventually advance to the point that they reduce the number of collisions each year. Until then, Orlando Auto Body will be here to handle all of your collision related repair needs.