Law enforcement officials released video footage on Wednesday that shows the moment a self-driving Uber SUV hit and killed a pedestrian that was crossing the street at night.
Video of the crash, which happened in Phoenix, Arizona, shows that headlights on the self-driving Uber didn't illuminate the victim until a split second before impact.
The video shows the backup human looking down at something, occasionally looking up, and immediately expressing shock at the moment the impact occurred.
“The driver said it was like a flash, the person walked out in front of them,” said Sylvia Moir, police chief in Tempe, Arizona. “His first alert to the collision was the sound of the collision.”
“It’s very clear it would have been difficult to avoid this collision in any kind of mode (autonomous or human-driven) based on how she came from the shadows right into the roadway,” Moir said. “I suspect preliminarily it appears that the Uber would likely not be at fault in this accident, either.”