It would seem those initial findings are confirmed by the videos shot with the on-board cameras of the SUV that night. The car’s cameras filmed at the time both outside and inside the car.
The footage from outside the car shows how the 49-year old victim appear out of nowhere in the middle of the road, pushing a bicycle. There’s seems to be no attempt made by the vehicle to stop.
The interior view shows the human driver, present in the car at the time of the crash, as required by regulations. The 44-year old woman behind the wheel seems not to be paying attention to the road but keeps looking down at something.
A split second before the crash occurs, the driver looks up and seems to be trying to grab the wheel, but it’s too late.
According to initial findings, the SUV was driving in autonomous mode at 38 mph in a 35 mph zone.
“Tempe Police Vehicular Crimes Unit is actively investigating the details of this incident that occurred on March 18th,” said the police department in a comment accompanying the video.
“We will provide updated information regarding the investigation once it is available.”
Uber’s self-driving cars are still grounded pending investigation, despite mounting evidence that it was little the car’s systems could have done to avoid the collision.
Tempe Police Vehicular Crimes Unit is actively investigating— Tempe Police (@TempePolice) March 21, 2018
the details of this incident that occurred on March 18th. We will provide updated information regarding the investigation once it is available. pic.twitter.com/2dVP72TziQ