Uber autonomous vehicle kills pedestrian

uber crash kills pedestrian

In an unfortunate turn of events, an autonomous Uber cab has killed a woman in Tempe, Arizona, United States.

The Uber vehicle running in autonomous mode under the supervision of 34-year old Rafael Vasquez didn’t slow down and hit 49-year old Elaine Herzberg as she was crossing the road. Elaine was immediately taken to the hospital but unfortunately died of the injuries.

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Tempe police spokesperson Sgt. Ronald Elcock told the media that neither the deceased nor the driver appeared impaired according to the preliminary investigation. The Tempe Police Department has said that Uber is not likely to be a suspect in the case.

However, Uber has suspended all pilot operations while Uber’s new CEO Dara Khosrowshahi tweeted his condolences to the family of the deceased and said that the company is cooperating with the authorities.

uber crash kills pedestrian

Uber has been testing its autonomous cabs in Arizona since February 2017. Previously, one of the Uber autonomous vehicles crashed in March 2017, soon after the launch in the previous month. There has been another Uber crash in Pittsburgh. However, this is the first crash to cause a fatality.


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  1. Its really bad. Nobody have right to hit or kill anyone.

  2. Tempe police chief says early probe shows no fault by Uber

    Pushing a bicycle laden with plastic shopping bags, a woman abruptly walked from a center median into a lane of traffic and was struck by a self-driving Uber operating in autonomous mode.

    “The driver said it was like a flash, the person walked out in front of them,” said Sylvia Moir, police chief in Tempe, Ariz., the location for the first pedestrian fatality involving a self-driving car. “His first alert to the collision was the sound of the collision.”

    Traveling at 38 mph in a 35 mph zone on Sunday night, the Uber self-driving car made no attempt to brake, according to the Police Department’s preliminary investigation.

    Elaine Herzberg, 49, was unconscious at the scene and later died of her injuries at a local hospital. At a news conference, Tempe police said it appears that she may have been homeless.

    https://www.sfchronicle.com/business/article/Exclusive-Tempe-police-chief-says-early-probe-12765481.php

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