Uber

Uber is the latest company to learn the hard way that self-driving cars and pedestrians don't mix. The company is suspending its self-driving car program after one of its cars fatally struck an Arizona woman.

According to the NY Daily News, one of Uber's driverless cars hit Elaine Herzberg, 49, early Monday as she rode her bike outside a crosswalk in Tempe.

Uber claims a driver was behind the wheel, but the car was in autonomous mode.

The tragic accident is believe to be the first time someone has been killed by a self-driving car.

Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi tweeted Monday: “Some incredibly sad news out of Arizona. We’re thinking of the victim’s family as we work with local law enforcement to understand what happened."

Khosrowshahi said Uber is suspending the driverless car programs in Phoenix, Toronto, Pittsburgh and San Francisco.

  • SumthinSweeter

    hell GPS still can get you lost and/or all twisted around and we want to trust a computer app to drive a car? DF?

  • Trey

    smh...what a way to go....this is like when you hear that a tree fell on somebody house when they were in the living room watching TV

  • tintin

    I would never trust these self driving cars...i dont trust other ppl behind the wheel. Why in the world would I trust an invisible man behind a wheel

  • SDot

    whoever thought of this and let it actually become legal is an azz and need to be locked up.

  • Bea Mack, Pro-BLACK

    This!!!!! ??

  • KISSmyENTIREass

    I used to drive uber and currently take uber everywhere I go in Miami. if you think I'm getting in a car with no driver bitch you not only a bitch but u crazy!!! Common sense is not so common..

  • Bea Mack, Pro-BLACK

    This!!!! ??

  • shun king

    this company already had it factored in these cars would kill somebody and already have the settlement money set aside...its some legislation being made in some state to try and absolve these companies from lawsuits

  • BloodBlood

    ???????

  • BloodBlood

    So how are they going to charge a car with vehicular homicide?

  • BloodBlood

    ??

  • Ni Ni

    They want to push this nonsensical technology out too fast. If they want us to live like the Jetsons, they will have to prepare first. Our roads will need to be redone and a bunch of more crap that we don't have money for. You can't just put cars like this on the road and not expect a tragedy. Im also worried about these cars that automatically stop when they sense something in the road. How they car know you're not trying to get away from a robber?

  • TheWildChild

    So ? if a driver was behind the wheel, why didn't he brake ?

  • JV

    You hear about a self-driving car killing somebody, but vehicular deaths happen all day long to the point where it's barely news. IJS.

  • Roxie Moxie

    It begs the question.....maybe the vehicle manufacturer is responsible? Recall? I dunno.......

  • JV

    Because there wasn't anyone behind the driver's seat. It's a self-driving vehicle.

  • TheWildChild

    Did you R.I.F. this in the article: ..."Uber claims a driver was behind the wheel, but the car was in autonomous mode." ?

  • BloodBlood

    Somebody needs to be held responsible!!!

  • JV

    lol, just imagine the possibilities:

    "Authorities say a self-driving train got high on drugs and alcohol and ran over several pedestrians. The train is still at large. Police are seeking help in finding the suspect, and believe he goes by his mafia alias, 'Thomas the Tank Engine.' Police released this mug shot of the suspect, who was high on cocaine at the time":
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/5143d60873ebfaa15b358029d0dda80e1425832b0ff508d612e78117e42363e4.jpg

  • Roxie Moxie

    When set to autonomous mode....can you also set the speed limit too? How fast was the car going with a ghost "driver"? Does it know and read curvatures and understand to slow down when turning, etc? I'm curious now. Maybe I need to do some research.......

  • Kimberly King

    Self driving cars.... lol People are LAZY AF. Especially when it comes to driving. These new cars have blind spot lights now because people are too lazy to take a millisecond of their time to look back to make sure they can switch lanes. An old ass white lady almost side swiped me on 610... but she had blind spot lights on her mirrors! I was looking at them light up... her old ass still tried to get over. If I didn't have anywhere to go, I would have just let the bitch hit me and get a check. Anyway, get rid of these self-driving cars and make everyone retake their driving test. Self driving cars is an excuse for people to text and check FB. I'm so done with humans.

  • JV

    Oh. lol. Nope.

  • Kimberly King

    lmaooo I'm weak AF at "invisible man"

  • Roxie Moxie

    Bwhahahahahahahahahahahaha!!!!!! This gattdamn pic!!! I can picture Thomas too with some powder on his nose with Sir Top'em Hat holding a lean cup. LOL (yeah, I have a 3yr old....ONLY reason why I know). Hahahaha

  • BloodBlood

    ?????? I would love to have Jury duty that day

  • Roxie Moxie

    Agreed! I smell a huge lawsuit!

  • Libra80sBaby

    LMFAO

  • the guest

    I can't!

  • Libra80sBaby

    if you think I'm getting in a car with no driver bitch you not only a bitch but u crazy!!!
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    I aint reading this comment no fukin moe!! I done HOLLERED!

  • Cannelle

    610? You must be in Houston. Crazy A drivers, I swear.

    Yes @ retake driving tests. Apparently some countries in Europe give out perpetual driving licenses. People get to keep their licenses for LIFE unless they do something terrible. Dumb idea.

  • WutizstillHERE!

    Greedyazz Uber..trying to take people out of the people business..smh..thats sad it took this to happen..but trust after this dies down in a year or two they will try it again..openly behind the scenes they already working on it..

  • shun king

    those lights are a helper i need them

  • WutizstillHERE!
  • WutizstillHERE!

    Tesla has cars with that capability already on the road..

  • KISSmyENTIREass

    ????

  • KISSmyENTIREass

    ????

  • JV

    Elon Musk won't be happy until he makes it to Mars. Now what he's gonna do when he gets there ¯_(?)_/¯

  • Cannelle

    Hopefully he stays and never comes back.

  • WutizstillHERE!

    FYI on ALLL cars. Do you know that most cars have defects and parts that SHOULD be recalled..but the engineers and analyst get together and decide would it be less harsh on the bottom line to do a complete recall on all the vehicles or just do a sit back and see how many get injured first and pay the settlement approach... They actually wait until people start getting killed or injured before a serious recall happens they already know the part is going to possibly fail..

  • ?Royalty?

    ???

  • Drea982

    I don't understand how a self driving car is a good idea. And to top it off there was a driver in the self driving mode. What purpose does this serve? That's why I don't trust robots.

  • Kimberly King

    Yep! I'm in HTX. I mean I don't mind the fast driving because I drive fast as hell too. We all have muscles cars or big ass monster trucks. I rarely see a 4 door car or SUV in Houston. But the drivers are LAZY. They never look before merging or switching lanes and they text and drive way too much. Couple that sh*t with going 110 mph.... CRAZY. That's why we have like 4000 wrecks each day.

  • WutizstillHERE!

    Terminator is going to go from being a movie to a reality tv series... https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/68bc52b2a4f54f3dc0d4dea29ec0c12c203c19b65d4d18beb2fbbd13d0be6a55.gif

  • Cannelle

    I know it well; I used to live there. I remember going 80 on 45N just to keep up and was STILL being passed up. I haven't lived there in a while, but visit time to time. Looks like things are getting worse in terms of traffic and driving. I miss the city, but I don't miss those drivers (from all over the world).

  • J2PC

    The purpose it is serve is greed. There is more $$$ to be made for the company & its investors, if you they don't have the share the funds with employees driving the vehicles. -you know this was an accident waiting to happen. smh

  • Bonita

    Are we really too lazy to control a dang car in this country?! Gee wiz! I'm not even fond of the auto pilot feature in commercial aircraft.

  • 2gr8ful

    Uber you are doing too much!! I saw where Dominoes Pizza was testing this too. These companies make too much money as is, there is no need to cut costs ultilizing these cars. Safety should always come first.

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    I think the problem with the self-driving vehicles is who will be held responsible for an accident that results in serious injury or death.
    Self-driving vehicles are great for blind, disabled and the elderly but everyone else wants to be in control of the wheel.

  • Kimberly King

    I teach a night class at UH, so that's the only time I get on 45... I live in the galleria area, so I'm always on 610. 80 on 45 is waaaayyyy too slow. 45 is a damn race track. The slowest I've ever went is 90. lol

  • Roxie Moxie

    I'm assuming that maybe then, this would apply to ALL cars or is that more of a "luxury", so to speak? I hope UBER was smart enough to include these important aspects.

  • datjerk

    Who thought that shit was a good idea?

  • JV

    I .. could actually just watch Netflix or listen to books on tape! lol

  • Quitedeliteful

    I hope this family sues the pants off of Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshah! He claims he's thinking of the victim's family but what he's really thinking about is how many millions is his company going to have to pay out for this accident that was just waiting to happen.

  • Quitedeliteful

    Whuuut???

  • Quitedeliteful

    LOLLOLLOL!!!!!!!

  • MookieFly

    Honestly, I know this gonna sound bad, but I hope this doesn't stop self driving cars from taking off. I live in Arizona and it sounds like the woman was in the bicycle lanes we have here. Very unfortunate this happen. But there are literally countless accidents and vehicular deaths in this state DAILY. AZ was one of testing sites for both Uber and Google(Waymo) for over 3-4 years and the amount of accidents have been relatively low vs the amount of crashes from human drivers here. You can die many ways and self driving cars are no different but if it can greatly reduced the amount of deaths, I'm all for it

  • Ryan

    People have gotten so lazy that they place orders talking to Alexa instead of typing. Not surprising that there's a market for self-driving cars. But I wouldn't ride in one.

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    No I will never trust a machine that much to give up complete control.
    Even if I let the car drive itself I would still want to sit in the driver's seat.

  • Quitedeliteful

    LOLLOLLOL!!!!!!!!

  • We Can Do This

    An autonomous car used to be called a chauffeur.

    These cars are an accident and a fatality waiting to happen.

  • angrysolo

    was only a matter of time, whoever got killed thot they had a rubber bumper and found out they can’t dart out in traffic. pedestrians dese days think they make the rules on the road.

  • stevetheque

    The autonomous auto pilot was set to chinese woman. Explains it all!

  • Wyteprivilege

    Common Sense. That’s all I got.

  • Mark mcharm

    i want one actually it shouod not stop it humans crash all the time at least it was not a hit and run.

  • morenYAHdelsur

    My thoughts exactly!

  • MookieFly

    With all the changes that vehicles have gone thru, from horse drawn buggies to dangerous crank engines to the automobiles we love today, why doubt that the innovations would stop there? I would love to take a ride in one of these just for the experience. Plus the regulations are going to be stricter than a regular car. With this, if it hits something, they can pinpoint where it happened, the time, why it happened, etc. There's still hit and run victims out there whose killers have never been caught

  • keller23

    I blame the NRA and evil white men with guns. Cuz why not?

  • keller23

    "here are literally countless accidents"

    No. You can LITERALLY count the number of accidents. In fact, that's what the police does.

  • Look@m3

    I don't understand bike lanes during rush how traffic int he middle of downtown Atlanta. It really makes no sense and the idiot politicians that thought it was a great idea I wish I could punch them. This should only be done in much smaller cities without hustle and bustle.

  • Kemi

    This was a disaster waiting to happen. No way technology is smarter than people. Human brains created technology. So, no imma drive myself.

  • Tena

    Couldn't pay me to get in one of these self driving vehicles. Due to the fact that it shares the roads with other human drivers, not sure how their defensive mechanisms are programmed. Not to mention it may decide to lock its doors and drive my ass off a cliff due to a malfunction. No thank you.

  • hottlanta

    You must be talking about that idiot that be right there on 1-20 everyday at 5:30pm. Someone gonna get him. We think he does that on purpose.

  • Look@m3

    I hope we not talking about the same person...bc my the time I need him he is on McDaniel by the gas station with his child in a seat behind him. I know this fool not on the interstate with a child. I would upload a picture if i knew how.

  • Andrea Williams

    I never knew why anyone thought that a self-driving vehicle was a good idea.

  • nick c

    I still hope it works too many drunk drivers and 18 wheelers that are MUCH worst on the roads.

  • TheOwley

    Driverless cars will work under two conditions: One, all road vehicles are driverless with no exceptions, and two, humans IQ has risen at least 30 points on the average. We can then be like in the movie Minority Report or I Robot.

  • kekeb

    This death is sad. I'm not shocked that a driverless cars resulted in a fatality.

  • bemetoo

    Hopefully no other humans or animals will end up dead before the put a total ban on autonomous driving

  • Sally Wright McLinn

    We knew this was going to happen didn't we? :)

  • Yoni7

    RIP to the victim.

    The world as we know it will be no more in 20 years. Between Alexa sitting in yo house, self driving cars, mass shootings, domestic bombings, trump, smartTV's and watches, social media, teachers with guns, winter weather in summer months, floodings in landlocked states, pedophiles with rights, folks killing (off) babies, police shootings, Narcan to revive these zombies, 4-for-4 meal deals, men turning into women and women living like men, etc. We're doomed people. Are you prepared for a fallout? Do you have your survival gear ready? Do you have your camping gear in order? Phn chargers and money won't work in the end. *shakes at the thought*

    Walking Dead among other things is broadcasting the future.

  • Sircaput

    Preach, no matter how much they try to deny..Revelations is beginning!

  • sunni_daze

    Has begun

  • Yoni7

    Not preaching, just stating FACTS! I honestly don't know WHO is "trying to deny" it. My thing is are you prepared?

    And I don't know why I keep hearing "Are you prepared for Jehovah's return?" Where did that come from? I don't know if I heard it in a song or a movie, or read it on something. Or if some witnesses knocked on my door and said it, but it's like a song stuck in my head. I am not a Jehovah's witness.

  • Just here4 the comments

    that sums it all up!

  • Dowoop

    Bike tunnels will also need to be built because people shouldn't be riding anywhere close to a car.

  • Dowoop

    Cyclists as well. I never understood why they insist on riding on the road.

  • Dowoop

    I wouldnt let Alexa in my house either.

  • Dowoop

    Bicycle lanes are still not safe! A thin strip right next to traffic. We see people drifting into other lanes all the time. You are still on the road with cars, a little strip of road made for a bicycle will not make them any safer.

  • Tyrone Jenkems

    First - but not the last.
    A small price to pay for 'autonomous' vehicles in the future.
    "They" have to work the bugs out of the system before it becomes illegal to drive your own vehicle.

    Coming soon - private vehicles will be outlawed for the good of the 'environment'.

  • Tyrone Jenkems

    funny isn't it.
    Obama shat all over the USA and no one seemed to complain. Crime, welfare, taxes, illegals all up, Constitutional Rights diminished.
    And you throw 'trump' in the mix of all the crap going on.
    Funny.
    Hillary is an evil beast and a pedophile and a friend of pedophiles.

  • Tyrone Jenkems

    They won't ban it.
    This is seen as 'collateral damage' in the big picture to eventually eliminate and ban privately owned vehicles.
    All for the good of the environment don't you know. /s

  • jayhawkpride

    Wait until the self-driving semi-trucks hit the road.

  • Trace da Ace

    well, that is the end of that....should have never done it in the beginning....

  • Yoni7

    Who said anything about President Obama and Hilary? Everything that I mentioned is happening CURRENTLY! Catch up.

    And furthermore, if no one seemed to complain when President Obama was in office, then maybe just maybe he wasn't so bad afterall, huh?

  • Tyrone Jenkems

    I guess.
    If you like homosexual deviant communists running your country.

  • Yoni7

    I didn't vote for trump.....YOU did.

  • Jack Blakk

    People they are 35 years from having a clue about AI. But they're are going to force it down your throat (Your going to accept it). This is collateral damage until they figure it out. This stuff runs off of GPS and if anything gets in the way of the signal!

    Cheers

  • Ryan

    I don't either - that thing listens to conversations!

  • YellowSauce

    this should be illegal ... I just don't think America is in a place where decision makers are intelligent ... on the other hand I HAVE seen bike riders do dumb crap on the streets cut people off and they have no speed limit ...both need to be regulated

  • Layah Jhene

    Lol that's with any car these days. My sister car shut down and locked her in and disabled her cellphone so she couldn't call for help. Luckily she hadn't left the driveway so her husband called her car dealership and they had to come out and let her out her own car using a computer code. Another time her car shut down and wouldn't start and the car dealership had to come activate the car with a code. I don't trust none of these cars with all that technology build into it.

  • Tena

    Thats insane! What kind of car does she have? I'll be sure to add this to my do not buy list. Lol

  • bemetoo

    Yes and there will be more

  • Tyrone Jenkems

    No I didn't vote at all but I support Trump as opposed to the beast Hillary who has people murdered that threaten to expose her and her husbands evil crimes.
    And I don't support Obama - the coke snorting homosexual deviant.

  • Yoni7

    Ok. I don't care one way or the other. Find something else to do and stay from around MY posts. Now run along. Thanks.

  • Layah Jhene

    Girl a Hyundai Lol. It's a nice car but whatever system she got programmed into that car is dangerous.

  • Drea982

    Oh most definitely.