This is the first reported FATAL accident involving a self-driving vehicle and a pedestrian in the U.S. as reported by The Guardian.
You might have heard it on the news a couple days ago, but if you didn't, here's a snippet of the story:
Uber has been testing self-driving cars for a while now, and they actually paused the testing in a few states in 2016 after some vehicles were caught running red lights.
The crash happened in the state of Arizona, where a self-driving Volvo SUV hit 49-year-old Elaine Herzberg, as she was crossing the road with her bicycle. The vehicle was reportedly driving at a speed of around 65 Km/h, and it doesn't seem like it slowed down before the crash.
The drivers are supposed to monitor the car in the case of an emergency, but it is said that the car was in full self-driving mode.
Who's to blame in this situation? The ethical issue behind self-driving cars seems far from resolved.