Mar 22, 2018 - Technology

Experts say Uber self-driving vehicle should have avoided pedestrian

An Uber car

Uber self driving cars. Photo: ANGELO MERENDINO/AFP/Getty Images

Experts say the self-driving Uber vehicle that struck and killed a pedestrian on Monday morning may be at fault, the AP reports. Bryant Walker Smith, a University of South Carolina law professor who studies self-driving cars, told the AP "The victim did not come out of nowhere. She’s moving on a dark road, but it’s an open road, so Lidar and radar should have detected and classified her."

Why it matters: This is the first fatality involving a full autonomous test vehicle, and Uber has halted road testing of its vehicles. Tempe Police Chief Sylvia Moire said the vehicle likely wouldn't be found at fault in the crash. But Smith's analysis paints another picture.

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