Elaine Herzberg, 49, stepped out in front of one of Ubers self-driving vehicles in Arizona and neither the car nor its ‘safety’ driver reacted in time to prevent a collision. Herzberg died of her injuries after being taken to hospital. Her death is believed to be the first pedestrian fatality directly attributable to a self-driving vehicles.
The attorney in charge of prosecution, Sheila Sullivan Polk said “After a very thorough review of all the evidence presented, this Office has determined there is no basis for criminal liability for the Uber corporation arising from this matter”.
Arizona suspended Uber’s license to test self-driving cars in the state since the accident. Maricopa County, where the accident occurred, still has to decide whether or not to bring charges against the cars ‘safety’ driver, Rafaela Vasquez.
An in camera shows the ‘safety’ driver taking her eyes off the road moments before Ms Herzberg was hit, and records from a streaming service have shown that Ms Vasquez may have been watching a TV show on her phone while she was meant to be keeping her eyes on the road, according to police.
Uber has yet to comment..