Uber Not Criminally Responsible In Last Year’s Fatal Self-Driving Crash

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Arizona prosecutors said on Tuesday said that Uber is not criminally responsible for a 2018 fatal car crash that involved one of the company’s self-driving cars, Reuters reported.

In a statement, the Yavapai County Attorney’s Office said “there is no basis for criminal liability for the Uber corporation arising from this matter.”

In March 2018, a self-driving Uber car struck and killed 49-year-old Elaine Herzberg, who was crossing the street at night. It was the first pedestrian fatality in the nation that involved a self-driving vehicle.

Following the crash, Uber suspended all of its self-driving car testing on public roads before laying off 300 of its self-driving vehicle operators in Arizona and permanently shutting down testing there.

Prosecutors also said that the car’s back-up driver should be referred to the Tempe, Arizona, police for additional investigation.

Police have said that the driver in the Uber was watching the show “The Voice” on Hulu at the time of the accident. 

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