Automated Life and Death

Posted: March 20, 2018 in Uncategorized

A self-driving car operated by Uber struck and killed a pedestrian who was walking her bicycle in Tempe, Ariz., Sunday night. The incident could be the first pedestrian death involving a self-driving vehicle.

The car was in autonomous mode but had a human riding along to take control of the vehicle if necessary, according to the Tempe Police Department. The victim, 49-year-old Elaine Herzberg, was struck while walking outside a crosswalk, police said. She was immediately transported to a local hospital, where she died.

A spokeswoman for the Tempe Police Department, Lily Duran, confirmed in an email to NPR that the female pedestrian was walking her bicycle when she was struck.

  1. Grace Lebrecht says:

    Why did the representative in the car not stop the car from hitting the pedestrian? Seems like a preventable accident…

  2. Josh Holt says:

    This looks to me like another example of how if we aren’t careful, eventually artificial intelligence will take over. To be honest I think that all of the advances made with cars becoming so automated takes the fun out of driving. Hopefully this doesn’t happen again soon.

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