Police Release Video of Uber Pedestrian Fatality

The video is out. And without a doubt a driver in full control, in the same situation, would not have had time to react.

Here's the video.

The Uber driver did not seem to be paying much attention. I wouldn't have either. Nor would you. The point is, and it's obvious, there was no time for a human to react.

However, one might easily have expected radar to perform better. In this instance, self-driving fared no better than humans. Not a great performance.

Would a Waymo vehicle have done better? I suspect so, but I do not know so.

Looking ahead: Radar will get better. Humans won't.

That's the all-important bottom line.

Will this slow down self-driving deployment?

Mike "Mish" Shedlock

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AWC
AWC

Maybe if the operator had been looking forward instead of down, this accident could have been avoided.

Mike Mish Shedlock
Mike Mish Shedlock

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I do not see how. Have you ever had a deer or animal jump out at you? I have, several times. Big collision twice. Had the lighting been good, there would have been time to react. That seems obvious. A person coming suddenly out of a black shadow is as sudden as a fast deer on a highway. This Uber radar, a sad performance.

SweetKenny
SweetKenny

Agreed, if you are walking at night and you plan to be jaywalking, you should be wearing reflective material.

shamrock
shamrock

All we can see is what the camera sees, maybe human eyes would have been able to spot the pedestrian much sooner. You ever take a picture that has two different lighting? What's visible in the darker area to human eyes is often invisible to the camera.

AWC
AWC

Looked to me like the operator was either texting of was focused on something lower inside the car. Not looking up at the road until it was too late. But, Uber has way more money than the pedestrian, so we know who wins.