The security driver, who was behind the wheel when one of Uber’s self-driving cars hit and killed a pedestrian in 2018, has been charged with negligent murder New York Times Reports. Rafaela Vasquez, who, according to investigators, saw an episode of The voice did not plead guilty at the time of the crash.
The accident that occurred on March 18, 2018 and which resulted in the death of Elaine Herzberg is believed to be the first fatal collision with a self-driving car. Investigators said the car saw Herzberg but did not automatically stop, and Vasquez did not brake until it was too late. The case has raised important questions about how the new technology can be safely tested and who should be held responsible if something goes wrong.
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The same review also labeled Arizona’s guidelines for regulating self-driving vehicles on public roads as “inadequate” and suggested that Herzberg may have crossed the street outside the crosswalk.
Uber temporarily suspended its self-driving tests immediately after the accident, and when they resumed in Pittsburgh later that year they did so with much stricter safety guidelines, including two safety drivers in each vehicle. Uber then rolled out these new tests to other cities, including Dallas and San Francisco.