Toyota halts self-driving auto tests after Uber fatality

Toyota halts self-driving auto tests after Uber fatality

Toyota halts self-driving auto tests after Uber fatality

Ms Herzberg's death has sparked concerns over the safety of autonomous vehicles as they head towards more widespread use.

Christian Wolmar, the author of Driverless Cars: a Road to Nowhere, said the Arizona accident would have a big impact: "We don't know precisely what happened, but it is clear Uber are anxious by withdrawing all their cars".

The Japanese automaker said the incident could have an "emotional effect" on its test drivers: "This "timeout" is meant to give them time to come to a sense of balance about the inherent risks of their jobs". The fatal Arizona accident further emphasises that we are still far away from accident free environment relying on technologies.

The number of states considering legislation related to autonomous vehicles gradually has increased each year, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

A GM spokesperson told Fox News on Tuesday that it has not made any changes to its program in Arizona, while Waymo did not respond to questions for the second day in a row.

"We believe we have enough in our laws right now to regulate automobiles", Biesty told Reuters.

Earlier this month, Arizona Governor Doug Ducey updated an executive order to allow self-driving cars to drive on state roads without a test driver behind the wheel. Safety regulators later determined Tesla was not at fault.

Here is a brief look at how the United States and some other countries regulate testing of autonomous vehicles.

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Rafaela Vasquez, 44, was responsible for the vehicle when it struck Elaine Herzberg, 49, on Sunday night in Tempe, Arizona. Once the investigation concludes, the case will be referred to the Maricopa County attorney, who will determine whether to bring charges.

U.S. federal safety regulators were sending teams to investigate the crash.

The ride services company said it was suspending North American tests of its self-driving vehicles.

Autonomous mode means the auto is driving on its own. Almost all of them have been blamed on human motorists hitting the autonomous vehicle.

- In Japan, all vehicles on roads require a driver to be sitting in the driver's seat, according to the Transport Ministry. The company should also ask what other lurking problems may exist.

The person who controlled a self-driving Uber vehicle that killed an Arizona woman this week was a convicted felon, authorities said Tuesday.

Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi expressed condolences on his Twitter account and said the company is cooperating with investigators. But the Uber-related fatality could provoke a slowdown in the whole process.

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