Police in Tempe, Arizona, Continuing to Investigate Self-Driving Uber Fatality
TEMPE, AZ. – According to an online news report posted at ncnewsonline.com, police officers in Tempe, Arizona, are continuing to investigate a fatal collision involving a self-driving Uber vehicle. The accident happened in early 2018, when an autonomous Uber vehicle struck and killed a pedestrian in the city.*
The accident occurred on an evening in March 2018, when a self-driving Volvo SUV affiliated with the company Uber was traveling in Tempe. A woman started walking across the street with her bicycle, and the Uber vehicle ran into her in the roadway. A human safety driver was inside of the vehicle at the time, and the driver did not apply the brakes.
The report indicates that police are reviewing the lighting in the area where the accident happened as part of ongoing investigation. The Maricopa County Attorney’s Office indicates that prosecutors want to continue looking into the matter before coming to a final conclusion about whether to file charges against the Uber safety driver. The Tempe Police Department’s investigation concluded the accident was avoidable, and the safety driver was not paying attention to the roadway at the time.
Investigation reportedly showed that at the time of the collision, the driver was looking down at her cell phone, watching a television show. Officers reported that if the driver had been instead looking at the road, she would have had sufficient time to avoid the collision. They found she could have applied the brakes about 143 away from the victim and stopped completely about 42 feet away.
Based on additional investigation, including lighting tests and simulations of the accident, Maricopa prosecutors will make a decision about charges. It is not clear what the charges would be if prosecutors decide to file. The news report says another prosecutor’s office has already declined to charge the safety driver.
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