Police: operator Uber watched the video in a fatal accident

Police: operator Uber watched the video in a fatal accident

June 22, 2018 0 By autotimesnews

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Driver-operator of an autonomous vehicle company Uber can be accused of negligence and manslaughter

Police in Tempe, Arizona, claim that the Uber unmanned vehicle driver was watching a television show during a deadly accident that occurred in March 2018. This is reported by Automotive News.


The 318-page report of the Police Department of Tempe states that the operator Rafael Vaskez looked down, not on the road, and looked up only half a second before the car was knocked down by 49-year-old Elaine Herzberg, who crossed the street.

In addition, the investigators examined the data of the Hulu television network, which indicate that Vaskez watched the “The Voice” television show for 42 minutes before the accident. Her account on Hulu says that the review was completed at 9 hours 59 minutes, which “corresponds to the time of the accident.”

The police noted that such actions can be qualified as manslaughter. However, it is not yet known whether formal charges have been brought against Vásquez.

Recall, in mid-March in the city of Tempe (Arizona), next to the pedestrian crossing an autonomous car company Uber to death knocked down a woman cyclist. At the time of the accident, the car moved in the autonomous mode, and the operator, who was in the driver’s seat, did not manage to take control of himself. This is the first recorded case of human death as a result of a collision of a vehicle with automatic control.

Earlier, in the death of a man accused of automatic control system Uber. The investigation showed that the autopilot could make the wrong decision, recognizing the woman as a “false object”, which can be ignored and move on.