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After the devastating death of a woman by one of the Uber’s car, the firm that designs the sensor
has said not to blame the technology.
San Jose based Velodyne to defend told BBC that the equipment was capable enough to see even
in the dark. Velodyne was also baffled by the incident.
The woman who was struck by the car was 49 years old named Elaine Herzberg, late on Sunday
night, in Tempe, Arizona. Unfortunately, that woman died in the hospital.
The investigation is still going that find out the cause of her death.
The video footage by the investigators showed that the victim, Ms. Herzberg was walking with
her bicycle, away from the pedestrian crossing. It also showed that neither the car not its human
driver reacted, published on Wednesday.
One of the spokespersons refused to make any comment while the inquiry took place.
Velodyne's Lidar sensors are used by a number of companies testing self-driving cars on public
Lidar is a type of radar that essentially gives the car the ability to "see" what is around it.
Velodyne Lidar president Marta Hall stated to BBC, “we do not believe the accident was due to
On the other hand, Ms Hall said that the company is pointing to Uber's on-board computer as
potentially being to blame.
“Our Lidar can see perfectly well in the dark, as well as it sees in daylight, producing millions of
points of information. However, it is up to the rest of the system to interpret and use the data to
make decisions. We do not know how the Uber system of decision-making works”.
Uber use software developed in house for self-driving cars.
Uber has suspended its self-driving program – which was taking place in four US cities – until it
knows more about what happened.
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