Barks wrote: I doubt that very much - in such a dark spot I suspect that the outcome would be very similar however attentive the driver might be. The more likely scenario with a human driver would be that the speed would be at least a few miles over speed limit, probably more, and the poor girl would have stood even less chance.
The car was over the speed limit (38 in a 35) and the camera is washing out the dark area because cameras have rubbish dynamic range compared to human eyes. Someone at that distance on an open road would have been quite visible under the headlights of the Volvo in question. I'd have to agree with Pete, a competent (and careful if we're going for the full legal term) driver would not have hit her.
Even on the hypothetical basis that the camera view is a fair reflection of human eyesight then in that case a careful and competent driver, as per the highway code, should be driving at a speed where the car can be stopped within the distance that can be seen to be clear.
It's obvious from the camera on the safety driver that she's paying zilch attention so wouldn't have intervened even in broad daylight.
Also I note my earlier speculation that the pedestrian had managed to cross most of the lane by the impact was correct, it is particularly surprising therefore that the car made no attempt at all to stop for the 'suddenly appearing' object right in front of it.
I'm generally in favour of automated vehicles but companies like uber are going to be a PR nightmare for them.
661-Pete wrote: Whether the woman in the car was culpable, or whether the blame should be shared between herself, Uber, and the car makers, is a matter for the courts.
Well if this was the UK potentially both, the individual is at fault but also the company might have insufficient hse practices. No idea how US law works here.