EEVblog #1066 – Uber Autonomous Car Accident – LIDAR Failed?

A self driving autonomous Uber car killed a pedestrian in Tempe Arizona. How did this happen?
It basically shouldn’t have.
TLDR; It looks as though the LIDAR and/or RADAR system failed to detect the pedestrian until fairly ideal practical circumstances.

A look at the newly released camera footage of the accident, the location, and the car LIDAR, RADAR, and camera sensor suites available to prevent such an accident.
Video footage: https://twitter.com/TempePolice/status/976585098542833664
Location of accident: https://www.google.com.au/maps/@33.4369934,-111.9429875,3a,75y,115.16h,92.53t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1scUyILaxFs5z63AL2SupCJw!2e0!7i13312!8i6656
The same location at night with another dash cam:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CRW0q8i3u6E
Inside Uber’s self-driving car mess:
https://www.recode.net/2017/3/24/14737438/uber-self-driving-turmoil-otto-travis-kalanick-civil-war
What a LIDAR sensor should show and detect (Google’s self driving car):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tiwVMrTLUWg&feature=youtu.be&t=9m5s

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