Report: Driver in autonomous Uber was watching 'The Voice' moments before fatal Tempe crash

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A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. Tempe police released photographs from the pedestrian death involving an Uber self-driving car. The detailed report of more than 300 pages was released by Tempe police Thursday night, along with video and photos from the scene of the March 18 collision. Also released was the 911 call made by the driver, Rafaela Vasquez, 44, after the crash. The Mill Avenue collision, which killed 49-year-old Elaine Herzberg as she walked across the street midblock, was the first fatal crash ever to involve a self-driving car.


Video shows moment an Uber driverless car kills a woman in Arizona

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Authorities in Arizona have released dramatic dash cam footage showing the moments leading up to a self-driving Uber car's fatal collision with a pedestrian. The video released by Tempe police on Wednesday shows the car driving 38ph in a 45-mph zone along a relatively empty roadway last Sunday night. As the car continues on its journey, a woman walking while rolling her bicycle is seen crossing the street. The clip stops just a split second before impact. According to police, neither the car or the driver made much of an attempt to stop, according to the Phoenix New Times.


Uber Not Criminally Liable In Death Of Woman Hit By Self-Driving Car, Prosecutor Says

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A video still from a mounted camera captures the moment before a self-driving Uber SUV fatally struck a woman in Tempe, Ariz., last March. A Yavapai County prosecutor found that Uber is not criminally liable for the crash. A video still from a mounted camera captures the moment before a self-driving Uber SUV fatally struck a woman in Tempe, Ariz., last March. A Yavapai County prosecutor found that Uber is not criminally liable for the crash. An Arizona prosecutor has determined that Uber is not criminally liable in the death of a Tempe woman who was struck by a self-driving test car last year.


Here’s the fundamental flaw with self-driving cars: Humans

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The safety driver in a self-driving Uber was not being very safe -- aka, not paying attention -- when the vehicle in autonomous mode struck and killed a woman in an Arizona city earlier this year, police records show. Included in a massive Tempe Police Department report this week were details about the March 18 fatal crash. The 318-page report found that Rafaela Vasquez, the 44-year-old driver, was frequently looking down and even smiling and laughing at what appears to be a cellphone streaming an episode of the talent search show, The Voice. In the moments before the test vehicle hit 49-year-old Elaine Herzberg, who was walking her bicycle across a Tempe, Arizona, road, the test driver, Vasquez, was apparently streaming the TV show through Hulu. A video of the moments before the crash shows Vasquez looking toward her right knee while occasionally looking up and around.


Tempe police chief: Fatal Uber crash with pedestrian likely 'unavoidable'

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Uber is confirming that one of its self-driving vehicles struck and killed a pedestrian in the Phoenix metro area Sunday night. Company officials say Uber is halting all of its self-driving testing as of Monday as the investigation continues. FILE - In this Dec. 13, 2016 file photo, an Uber driverless car waits in traffic during a test drive in San Francisco. PHOENIX -- A fatal crash involving a self-driving Uber likely was "unavoidable" based on an initial police investigation and a review of video, Tempe Police Chief Sylvia Moir told The Arizona Republic on Tuesday. Moir said, however, that any charging decision would be up to the Maricopa County Attorney's Office.