A Recent Uber Self-Driving Car Fatal Accident Sparking Legal Debate
The recent talk of the “self-driving cars world” is the self-driving Uber car accident that killed a pedestrian in Tempe, Arizona. Here are some crucial facts to know:
- There was a safety driver at the wheel
- The pedestian was not crossing in a crosswalk
- This is the first death caused by a fully self-driving car
- Uber has suspended all of its self-driving cars in all cities they were operating in.
Despite these facts, Uber still could face legal consequences. The company has handed over all camera footage from the car and it is likely to be used as evidence as investigators determine why this accident happened.
There are two arguments happening: these self-driving cars shouldn’t be on the road yet, or these cars a still safer than human operators alone. Those facing legal consequences, in this case, are both the safety driver for not acting when unsafe conditions were present and Uber. Currently, officials are saying that Uber is most likely not at fault as the collision would have been difficult to avoid for anyone in the same situation. You can see the video footage here that shows that the pedestrian was difficult to see.
As self-driving cars become more prevalent, accidents are bound to happen, but do you think they are the way to go? Do you think we have reached a level of technology that warrants these cars being safe to drive on the road? Let us know your thoughts on the Uber self-driving car case and self-driving cars in general.