Still a lot more investigation ahead and this will shape the policies for future autonomous regulation. One thing I noted is that the speed limit was 35 and the car was going 38, while that may be "normal" for a lot of human drivers I think autonomous cars will be required to hew to the speed limit.
You completely over looked some very basic facts. The reaction time for a human is something like 3/4 to 1 1/2 seconds were as the reaction time for an autonomous car is measured in Milliseconds and also an autonomous car does not get distracted or impaired. If anything, speed limit could be raised considerably and following distance could be reduced considerably.
The unfortunate ladies chances of survival may have actually increased substantially because the car was not being driven By a human. The idea of a "Pilot Driver"
is a pretty ridiculous idea because it is found that the Pilot Drivers reaction time becomes longer than when they are actually driving the car. The biggest problem I see with bike riders is that they think that they are privileged and the rules of the road (or common sense) don't apply to them.
There is a lot of work still to do in writing the software and control laws for road transportation but we will get their. Airbus had a shaky start with automation in the beginning and has greatly improved safety and implementation since then. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KEH7OpnA-I4From Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Autonomous_carTraffic
Additional advantages could include higher speed limits; smoother rides; and increased roadway capacity; and minimized traffic congestion, due to decreased need for safety gaps and higher speeds. Currently, maximum controlled-access highway throughput or capacity according to the U.S. Highway Capacity Manual is about 2,200 passenger vehicles per hour per lane, with about 5% of the available road space is taken up by cars. One study estimated that autonomous cars could increase capacity by 273% (~8,200 cars per hour per lane). The study also estimated that with 100% connected vehicles using vehicle-to-vehicle communication, capacity could reach 12,000 passenger vehicles per hour (up 445% from 2,200 pc/h per lane) traveling safely at 120 km/h (75 mph) with a following gap of about 6 m (20 ft) of each other. Currently, at highway speeds drivers keep between 40 to 50 m (130 to 160 ft) away from the car in front. These increases in highway capacity could have a significant impact in traffic congestion, particularly in urban areas, and even effectively end highway congestion in some places. The ability for authorities to manage traffic flow would increase, given the extra data and driving behavior predictability. combined with less need for traffic police and even road signage.