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Uber Car's Failure to Brake Puts Focus on Sensor

TEMPE, Ariz.—The roads north of Arizona State University are in many ways ideal for testing self-driving cars, with wide, clearly marked lanes and minimal traffic late at night, when the vehicle's laser sensors work best.
 The optimal conditions make it especially troubling that an Uber Technologies Inc. self-driving car plowed straight into and killed a pedestrian walking across a street here at night, without appearing to brake or veer, according to a video from the vehicle released by police Wednesday.

Role of Human 'Driver' Is Scrutinized in Uber Fatality

TEMPE, Ariz.—The test operator in the Uber Technologies Inc. self-driving car that killed an Arizona woman was a felon with a history of traffic citations who wasn't watching the road before the accident happened, facts that raise new questions about the company's testing process for autonomous technology.

Electric-Car Startups Lure Big Talent

Deep-pocketed investors looking to create the next Tesla are turning to seasoned automotive executives for help making sense of the complicated and capital-intensive car business.
 A little-known Los Angeles electric-vehicle startup, EVelozcity, is the latest firm to lure big-name talent. The company, attracting commitments for $1 billion in funding since December, has hired Karl-Thomas Neumann, the former head of General Motors Co.'s European division, along with several former BMW AG executives.

Waymo Hits the Road in Phoenix

Waymo LLC is taking a historic step in the development of fully driverless cars by unleashing the first fleet of robot vehicles on public roads without humans behind the wheel.
 The self-driving car division of Google parent Alphabet Inc. on Tuesday said it quietly began testing the robot vans on Oct. 19 in the Phoenix metro area, and shared its vision of deploying the technology to the public through a taxi service.