The tragedy involving a self-driving Uber vehicle that hit a woman in Tempe, Arizona has sparked heated debates. The autonomous mode of driving had been touted as the killer technology that would liberate people from the task of driving. Now, the technology may be put on hold for a while.
The victim has been identified as Elaine Herzberg — a 49-year-old homeless woman who had previously been convicted of drug charges. It was 10 p.m. when she crossed a five-lane road with her bike in tow. At that time, the car was cruising at the speed of 40 miles per hour. That was well-within the road’s 45 miles per hour speed limit.
The victim was taken to the hospital, but her injuries were fatal.
The car, a Volvo, had been on autonomous or self-driving mode. There was just one person inside the car — the designated “safety driver” Rafaela Vasquez, 44. Like all other safety drivers, Rafaela’s task was to take over in case the self-driving car wasn’t going the right way. Rafaela had fully trusted the car and didn’t think it would deviate from what it normally did.
A video taken from both the dashcam and the car’s interior camera offers some clues about what happened.
Warning: Some people may be traumatized by this video.
For this, Herzberg has earned the rather tragic distinction of being the first known pedestrian to be killed by an autonomous vehicle. Experts have been tasked to do a probe on what happened.
The scene of the fatal accident.
Vasquez, the safety driver, is devastated about what happened. Many say that she is actually not at fault. However, there are those who have dug up her past. Although it is completely irrelevant, many news agencies have brought up the fact that Vasquez did jail time in the early 2000s for armed robbery. Back then, Vasquez had identified as a man named Rafael. It is not exactly known when he began his transition into becoming Rafaela.
A photo of Rafaela Vasquez, back when she was "Rafael."
Whatever investigators may uncover from this case will most definitely affect the future of self-driving cars. For now, it looks like the technology took a deadly detour.
Naughty Monkey Pulls Down Hot Girl’s Top in Thailand
The monkey obviously wanted some breast milk!
A close encounter with animals is always interesting and unpredictable. In some instances, they can even turn out hilarious. Just take it from tourists who learned their lessons the hard way after their individual disasters have been captured on film.
Well as it looks like, we have another person to add to that list. Meet Britanny Bowman, a backpacker from Los Angeles who has been going around South East Asia. Recently, she stopped by Chiang Mai, Thailand – a place popular for having lots of monkeys.
One of the monkeys climbed up Britanny’s leg.
Tragic Accident Shows People Violently Thrown After Ski Lift Spins Out of Control
Several skiers were injured, including a pregnant woman.
Going on a ski holiday sounds like a fun idea but for these people, it turned out to be a tragic experience instead. This incident recently happened in Georgia and it resulted to several skiers being injured as a result, among them was a pregnant woman.
Apparently, a chairlift malfunctioned and started spinning out of control, going backwards at double the speed so people weren’t able to get off to safety – and they were sent flying because of it.
The accident happened at Gudauri ski resort in Caucasus Mountains, Georgia.
Man Dies After Head Gets Trapped In Cinema Seat
The victim suffered cardiac arrest after he panicked.
A man has recently met his demise – in a peculiar way – after his head was caught under an electric recliner chair. The unfortunate incident happened at a Vue Cinema located in Birmingham. The man, whose name was kept unknown, tried to retrieve his phone after dropping it between the Gold Class seats. Sadly, his head got stuck underneath a seat’s footrest.
The investigation courtesy of Environmental Health and Vue has already been launched. Witnesses say that the footrest was raised when the man tried to reach for his phone. But all of a sudden, it went down and caught his head in a trap.
An unnamed man trapped his head in a cinema seat's footrest after trying to retrieve his phone.
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