Tempe police released a video showing the exterior and interior view prior to the first fatal crash with a self-driving car.
The video shows how the woman with the bicycle only becomes visible barely a second before she got hit. The victim seems to make no efforts paying attention to traffic while crossing the street.
The question remains, why the car didn’t notice the woman.
What is also visible (and striking) is that the safety driver seems to be distracted and has his eyes looking down inside the car. Without excusing the driver, even with paying full attention to traffic it would have been really hard to detect the pedestrian in time.
This article has also been published in German.
Keep in mind the human eye has a much higher dynamic range than the camera that made this video. So if this guy would have paid attention he should have seen her, assuming he’s not blind in the dark.
hugomaxwell, And how do you know that? The Uber car does have high resolution cameras with higher dynamic range then the human eye.
Please show me a camera that has higher dynamic range than the human eye, not counting DSLRs, only true video cameras running at 10 fps or more.
“This means that the human eye has a greater dynamic range in the shadows than in bright light – but only when no bright light is directly hitting our retina – the dynamic range of the eye in the shadows is about 20 stops.”