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Self-driving car that killed woman could not tell that she was jaywalking: safety board



A self-driving Uber vehicle struck and killed a woman who could not recognize her jaw, according to new NTSB documents.

One document said that the self-driving car did not have "the ability to classify an object as a pedestrian unless this object was near a crosswalk," according to NBC News.

Elaine Herzberg, 49, was killed after being hit by the SUV in 2018.

NBC reported that because Herzberg was not recognized as a pedestrian, the car could not predict her lane and slowed just 1.3 seconds before she met her.

Uber allegedly told NTSB that it "changed the programming to include jaywalkers among its recognized objects."

The documents also said that Uber did not have the emergency braking system on, so it was up to the driver to stop, according to NBC. However, the system did not notify the driver, who "intervened less than a second before impact by engaging the steering wheel," according to the documents.

Sarah Abboud, a spokeswoman for Uber's self-driving cars, told Reuters that it had "adopted critical program improvements to further prioritize safety."

Abboud added that the company regretted the crash and said it appreciates "the thoroughness of the NTSB's investigation into the crash and looks forward to reviewing their recommendations."

Herzberg's family reportedly reached an out-of-court settlement with Uber.

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