Uber Disengaged Emergency Braking System Before Automated Car Killed Pedestrian

National Transportation Safety Board investigators examine a self-driving Uber vehicle involved in a fatal accident in Tempe Arizona U.S

Sensors on the fully autonomous Volvo XC-90 SUV spotted Herzberg while the vehicle was traveling 43 miles per hour and determined that braking was needed 1.3 seconds before impact, according to the report. In an effort to "reduce the potential for erratic vehicle behavior", potential redundancy afforded by Volvo's humble auto-braking system was forgone.

On Wednesday, Uber announced it would cease testing its vehicles in Arizona and would focus on more limited testing in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and California.

Safety advocates say the report shows that Uber's self-driving test cars were not ready for the testing they were attempting. The company is also undergoing a review of its autonomous vehicle program and has hired former NTSB Chair Christopher Hart to advise on safety.

The operator was looking away from the road for long stretches in the time before the crash, according to an internal video showing her that was released by police.

Video feeds from the vehicle's outside cameras show the pedestrian, a 49-year-old woman, wearing dark clothing and not in the direction of the oncoming vehicle before she was struck.

Data collected from the auto reveals the driver grabbed the steering wheel less than a second before impact, and began braking less than a second after impact. It said the Uber vehicle's systems sensed Herzberger six seconds before the collision, which occurred as she was crossing the street at a poorly-lit area near Mill Avenue and Curry Road. They said the in-depth traffic collision investigation was submitted Wednesday to the Maricopa County Attorney's Office for review.

The NTSB is continuing to collect information on the fatal crash, including the Uber self-driving system, the Volvo's operator interface, the operator, the operator's cell phones, the pedestrian, and the road.

Toxicology tests results for the pedestrian "were positive for methamphetamine and marijuana", the report added.

Leaving the scene: The report comes a day after Uber shut down its self-driving auto operations in Arizona. He added that the system "was far too unsafe to be tested off a closed track".

"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. An Uber spokeswoman told Reuters that the company's Arizona self-driving Volvo SUVs will be moved to other cities, and employees will be offered assistance in finding another job.

"The operator is responsible for monitoring diagnostic messages.and tagging events of interest for subsequent review", the report said.

One of Uber's self-driving cars killed a pedestrian crossing the road at night because its emergency braking systems were turned off, according to an investigation by the U.S. government's National Transport Safety Board. In theory, that would've given the vehicle traveling at 43 miles per hour enough time to slow down considerably with the brakes. National Transportation Safety Board/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY.

Uber said it told Pittsburgh officials in late April that it would be moving autonomous vehicles at its test track in Hazelwood across the city to its engineering center in the Strip District.

The Arizona Republic reports Uber's ride-hailing service will continue in Arizona, and that the company employs about 550 people in the state with plans to hire 70 more. He has revamped the company structure and cut certain expenses as Uber prepares for an initial public offering next year.

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