Self-Driving Uber Kills Pedestrian

business_ethics_highlights_2Details are few at this point, but the headline below says most of what is known: an American woman was killed by a self-driving car today. What’s not reported: how many pedestrians were killed in the US today by non-autonomous cars. (Hint: statistically, it’s likely somewhere between 15 and 20). Of course, that’s not quite a fair comparison, because it depends how many miles those cars are driving. This is a story to keep following as details unfold.

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LINK: A self-driving Uber car has hit and killed a woman in what may be the first autonomous vehicle death (by Rob Price for Business Insider UK)

An Arizona woman has died after being hit by a self-driving car operated by Uber.

ABC 15 is reporting that the vehicle hit a woman in Tempe, Arizona on Monday morning, and that she died of her injuries at a hospital. The vehicle was in self-driving mode at the time of the crash, the news outlet cites Tempe police as saying.

The incident appears to be the first time a pedestrian has been killed by an autonomous vehicle, which are touted as a safer alternative to traditional cars. …

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