Jun 22, 2018

Arizona Uber crash driver was 'watching TV'

The "Safety operator" of a self-driving Uber car was watching TV just before the vehicle was involved in a fatal collision, a police report reveals. The Uber car struck and killed pedestrian Elaine Herzberg, 49, of Tempe, Arizona in March. The police report suggests the car's driver was streaming an episode of talent show The Voice rather than monitoring the car's progress. The Tempe police report said the crash was "Entirely avoidable" if the Uber operator, Rafaela Vasquez, had been watching the road while the car was operating autonomously. In its experiments with driverless cars, Uber has mandated that a human operator pays attention at all times so they can take over in difficult situations or when the vehicle encounters a situation it does not know how to handle.

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