March 26, 2018 / 7:00 PM / a month ago

REFILE-Mobileye says its software would have seen pedestrian in Uber fatality

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SAN FRANCISCO, March 26 (Reuters) - The head of Mobileye said on Monday its computer vision system would have detected the pedestrian crossing the road in Arizona who was killed by a self-driving Uber vehicle, and called for a concerted move to validate the safety of autonomous vehicles.

Amnon Shashua, chief executive officer of Mobileye, the vision system company owned by Intel Corp, in a blog post also criticized “new entrants” in the field of self-driving that have not gone through the years of development necessary to ensure safety in the vehicles.

Police and safety regulators are investigating the March 18 fatality in which a woman crossing a wide roadway at night was struck and killed by the Uber self-driving test vehicle.

Reporting By Alexandria Sage

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