However, it noted that the automatic brakes in the Volvo XC90 were disabled, due to the fact that the auto was operated by a computer system to reduce "potential for erratic vehicle behavior". A preliminary report on the accident from the National Transportation Safety Board issued on Thursday said that a review of the data from the auto shows that it first identified her as an unknown object, then as a vehicle and finally as a bicycle.
At 1.3 seconds before impact, the self-driving system determined emergency braking was needed. The report surmised that all of these functions are disabled when the test vehicle is operated in computer control but are operational when the vehicle is operated in manual mode. Yet, while Uber's system includes its own autobrake capabilities, this system too is disabled during autonomous operation "to reduce the potential for erratic vehicle behavior".
The vehicle operator, Rafaela Vasquez, told the NTSB she was monitoring the self-driving system's interface.
At the same time, Uber told investigators, "the [self-driving] system is not created to alert the operator" to situations where emergency braking might be required.
Meanwhile, the National Transportation Safety Board released Thursday a preliminary report for its ongoing investigation into the accident. An Uber spokesperson told HuffPost that when it resumes testing in its two remaining cities of San Francisco and Pittsburgh, it will likely be on a more limited basis.
Elaine Herzberg, 49, who had been walking her bike across the street far from any crosswalk, died soon after the impact.
According to the report, Uber's self-driving system classified the pedestrian (who was wheeling a bicycle at the time) as a bicycle, and decided 1.3 seconds before the collision that an emergency braking manouvre was needed to avoid a crash.
Following the fatal crash between Uber' autonomous Volvo XC90 SUV and a pedestrian in March 2018, Uber has made a decision to close its self-driving vehicle programme in Arizona. The NTSB, without comment, outlined the inherent disconnect in Uber's procedures.
Arizona Governor Doug Ducey suspended Uber's self-driving testing - a little more than a year after giving the company a warm reception and poking fun at California's stricter regulations. "Toxicology test results for the pedestrian were positive for methamphetamine and marijuana", they added. It paints a damning picture of Uber's self-driving technology.
Uber's pilot with autonomous cars has not been a very enjoyable one, particularly in the state of Arizona after the fatal accident in February, involving one of its self-driven cars. Although her personal and business telephones were in the vehicle, she said neither was in use at the time of the crash.
The company use its driver app to alert human drivers when they are exceeding speed limits, so human drivers adhere to speed limits as well.
"France is a flawless home for our next step forward with its strong history of research and development, world class engineers and a unique role in aviation worldwide", Uber said in a statement to CNN. He said several factors could have contributed to the crash. The bicycle she was pushing had reflectors, the NTSB said, but they were facing away from the oncoming Uber.