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:
Location of accident:,-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:
Inside Uber’s self-driving car mess:
What a LIDAR sensor should show and detect (Google’s self driving car):


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