On Sunday, March 18, 2018, an autonomous Uber vehicle operating in autonomous mode struck and killed a pedestrian crossing the road — the first fatal autonomous vehicle accident on a public road to occur. We’ve now crossed the realm from the theoretical of what could happen in this scenario to the reality of the situation actually happening. In this podcast, we explore what happened in this particular situation (based on the limited information available at the time of recording), who and what could potentially be liable or have fault in this and future cases, where the autonomous vehicle industry is heading now that we’re in a new reality, and what potential new laws and regulations could emerge around autonomous vehicles.
[NOTE: we apologize for the change in audio quality in the middle of this podcast – our recorder experienced a technical glitch.]
- Initial NY Times Reporting on the Uber Accident and Fatality (NY Times)
- How a Self-Driving Uber Killed a Pedestrian in Arizona (NY Times)
- Uber Victim Stepped Suddenly in Front of Self-Driving Car (Bloomberg News)
- Self-driving Uber vehicle strikes and kills pedestrian (Washington Post)
- Self-driving Uber car hits, kills pedestrian in Arizona (WCPO)
- For self-driving cars, car washes are a nightmare (CNN)
- What Does Maryland’s Contributory Negligence Rule Mean For My Automobile Accident?
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