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Self-Driving Car Unable to Recognize Jaywalking

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Nov. 11, 2019—A self-driving Uber car that struck and killed an Arizona woman wasn't able to recognize that pedestrians jaywalk, reported NBC News.

Elaine Herzberg, 49, died after she was hit in March 2018 by a Volvo SUV, which had an operator in the driver's seat and was traveling at about 40 mph in autonomous mode at night in Tempe, Ariz. 

Because the car couldn't recognize Herzberg as a pedestrian or a person — instead alternating between classifications of "vehicle, bicycle, and an other" — it couldn't correctly predict her path and concluded that it needed to brake just 1.3 seconds before it struck her as she wheeled her bicycle across the street a little before 10 p.m.

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