A self-driving car that killed a woman in March last year has been found to have "software flaws" that may have led to the accident.
The car, operated by ride-sharing company Uber, struck 49-year-old Elaine Herzberg as she was walking with her bicycle in Tempe, Arizona.
According to an Arizona Police report, the driver who was in the vehicle as a backup was watching a TV programme at the time.
It has now been revealed the vehicle failed to identify Ms Herzberg as a pedestrian until it was too late.
The US National Transport Safety Board said Uber's system design "did not include a consideration for jaywalking pedestrians" and was confused because Ms Herzberg wasn’t on a crossing.
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Making matters worse, the car initiated a one-second braking delay so it could calculate an alternative path or let the safety driver take control.
Uber has since eliminated that issue in a software update.
Uber was found not to be liable for Ms Herzberg’s death, but reached a private financial settlement with her family.
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There have been approximately 37 crashes involving Uber’s self-driving cars over the past 18 months, but this is the first to have resulted in the death of a pedestrian.
Uber temporarily suspended their self-driving programme in the wake of the accident, but resumed operations at the end of last year.
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Sarah Abboud, spokeswoman for Uber's self-driving car operation, told the RAC that the company regretted the fatal crash and insisted "critical programme improvements to further prioritise safety" had since been adopted.
"We deeply value the thoroughness of the NTSB's investigation into the crash and look forward to reviewing their recommendations," she said.
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