Uber's fatal self-driving crash caused by software flaw

The fatal March 18 car crash involving an autonomous vehicle Uber was testing in Tempe, Ariz., was reportedly caused by a software malfunction, according to CNET.

Although the car's sensors supposedly detected the pedestrian, its software determined the vehicle didn't need to stop because it was programmed to identify false positives — such as plastic bags or wind-blown garbage — that don't require full stoppage, according to people familiar with the investigation.

Elaine Herzberg was killed when the vehicle struck her — the first known fatality involving a self-driving car. In the wake of the accident, Uber paused its autonomous vehicle testing in Phoenix, San Francisco, Pittsburgh and Toronto.

"Our review is looking at everything from the safety of our system to our training processes for vehicle operators," an Uber spokesperson told CNET.

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