Uber declined to comment on its decision to reduce its lidar count.
A dashcam-type video released by the company and Tempe police shows Herzberg was crossing from west to east across Mill Avenue, just south of Curry Road, when the Volvo struck her going about 40 miles per hour.
Uber, which had already suspended operations on its own, said it would "keep a dialogue open" with Arizona. Such vehicles have been touted to eventually perform way better than human drivers, while also significantly reducing the number of motor vehicle deaths. A source told CNBC that Lior Ron, the co-creator of Otto and co-founder of Uber's tricking unit, has left the company.
The March 18 fatality near downtown Tempe also presents an unprecedented liability challenge because self-driving vehicles, which are still in the development stage, involve a complex system of hardware and software often made by outside suppliers. In a remarkable statement, given that Uber's vehicle ran down and killed a pedestrian at night, the president of the company that builds Uber's LIDAR sensors, Marta Hall of Velodyne, told Reuters: "If you're going to avoid pedestrians, you're going to need to have a side LIDAR to see those pedestrians and avoid them, especially at night".
During the night of the accident, Herzberg was crossing a divided four-lane road, her bicycle beside her, when the SUV stuck her.
There was no indication that Herzberg's relatives had filed a lawsuit against Uber in connection with the crash, which Tempe police and federal agencies are investigating. Video footage from a dash-mounted camera inside the vehicle, released by Tempe police, showed the SUV traveling along a dark street when the headlights suddenly illuminated Herzberg in front of the SUV.
According to the Guardian, one of the most egregious acts by Governor Ducey was to allow Uber's fleet of self-driving vehicles to start testing on Arizona roads without making the public expressly aware.
Nvidia's chief executive officer Jensen Huang claimed that Uber does not use the self-driving platform architecture of Nvidia Corp.
Uber executives have said self-driving vehicle technology is a key to the company's future.
"As we develop self-driving technology, safety is our primary concern every step of the way". An investigation into the accident by Uber and law enforcement is ongoing.