Uber Accident Expected to Slow Automated Vehicle Research

Navigant Research tells the Associated Press that the deadly collision between a self-driving vehicle and a pedestrian is a call for companies to review test policies

Following the recent collision between an automated Uber vehicle and a pedestrian near Phoenix, government and industry are voicing their opinions on self-driving regulations.

According to the Associated Press, neither local authorities nor federal transportation authorities have determined who’s at fault in the fatal incident, and federal and state officials remain divided on whether regulations are sufficient to keep people safe in exchange for the promise of reduced accidents caused by drunk driving, exhaustion, or distraction.

Sam Abuelsamid, senior research analyst at Navigant Research, said regardless of potential changes to legislation, the incident is a call to industry players to look inward and examine their own processes for testing and deploying automated vehicle technology.

Responsible companies will take this opportunity to go back and look at their test procedures,” he told the AP, adding that he expects the crash will cause research to slow as companies do just that.

According to the article, Toyota already is taking a step back, pausing its fully autonomous testing with human backups for a few days to let drivers process the Arizona crash.

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