Aptiv Plc, which was spun off from parent company Delphi last year, revealed that Uber Technologies Inc. disabled the standard collision-avoidance technology in the Volvo SUV that struck and killed a woman in Arizona last week.
Such devices were developed by the UK-based auto supplier in partnership with Mobileye, an Intel Corp. subsidiary, which claims that its software would’ve avoided the impact as shown in a test conducted after the accident using footage from the cameras mounted on the SUV.
“We don’t want people to be confused or think it was a failure of the technology that we supply for Volvo, because that’s not the case,” Zach Peterson, a spokesman for Aptiv Plc, said to Bloomberg. The Volvo XC90’s standard advanced driver-assistance system “has nothing to do” with the Uber test vehicle’s autonomous driving system, he said.
Aptiv is speaking up for its technology to avoid being tainted by the fatality. Uber’s system failed to slow the vehicle as 49-year-old victim Elaine Herzberg crossed the street pushing a bicycle. Police in Tempe, Arizona, and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the incident.
Mobileye said it was able to detect Herzberg one second before impact in its internal tests, despite the poor second-hand quality of the video provided by Arizona authorities.