In March 2018, a self-driving car of Uber Technology Inc. hit a pedestrian on the road in Tempe, Arizona, and caused its death. The accident was also the first one in the world where a driverless car caused death. A 49-year-old woman was killed in that accident.
According to a report by Reuters, the US prosecutor confirmed that the calamity was caused by the negligence of the driver and Uber did not put up with any criminal blame.
The prosecutor of Yavapai County said in an open letter that the criminal liability for Uber was “unfounded,” but the behavior of Rafael Vasquez, the alternate driver in the car, was committed. The Tempe police should do additional investigation.
The letter also affirmed that after the trial investigation, the conclusion was that “the collision video may not accurately describe the accident that occurred that night.”
Experts need to carefully analyze the speed, lighting conditions and other relevant factors, sitting in the car. But the Uber spokesperson declined to comment on the letter.
However, the prosecutor also suggested that the local police should conduct an additional investigation of Uber’s safety drivers. Because of the car accident, the safety driver in the car was playing with the mobile phone and watching the “good voice of the United States.”
In an investigation last year, the police said that Vasquez had been watching TV on his mobile phone before the accident and said that the accident was “completely avoidable.”
At the time of an accident, Uber was in autonomous driving mode. Like other autonomous vehicle manufacturers, Uber requires manual involvement by the alternate driver in the car when the automatic driving system fails or has a difficult driving situation.
According to a police report, driver maybe charged of killing by vehicle. The National Transportation Safety Board and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration are still investigating the accident.