Uber Avoids Legal Battle With Family of Autonomous Vehicle Victim

Uber Avoids Legal Battle With Family of Autonomous Vehicle Victim

Cristina Perez Hesano, an attorney for the daughter and husband of 49-year-old Elaine Herzberg, responded Thursday to inquiries by The Associated Press by saying only that the matter "has been resolved".

Herzberg was pushing her bicycle across a highway in Tempe, AZ at 10 pm when an Uber SUV, with a human monitor in the front seat, hit her.

Uber has marked that it has suspended its autonomous vehicle testing operations indefinitely in Arizona, California, and Toronto.

The fallout from the accident could stall the development and testing of self-driving vehicles, created to eventually perform far better than human drivers and to sharply reduce the number of motor vehicle fatalities that occur each year.

The CEO of self-driving rival Alphabet Inc.'s Waymo said his company's vehicles would have avoided the March 18 accident.

The March 18 fatality near downtown Tempe also presents an unprecedented liability challenge because self-driving vehicles, which are still in the development stage, involve a complex system of hardware and software often made by outside suppliers.




The departure followed a fatal crash involving an Uber self-driving auto in Tempe, Ariz.

There was no indication that Herzberg's relatives had filed a lawsuit against Uber in connection with the crash, which Tempe police and federal agencies are investigating.

Behind the scenes, Ducey's staff worked closely with Uber as he championed its regular service and its self-driving vehicles, allowing them to operate without permits and encouraging their testing and operation on public roads. Additionally, a source familiar with the matter confirmed Ron's exit, and added that he was not involved in Uber's self-driving unit. In a statement late Tuesday, an Uber spokeswoman said: "We believe that technology has the power to make transportation safer than ever before and recognise our responsibility to contribute to safety in our communities". NVIDIA's fleet is small in California.

The DRIVE platform is now being used by over 370 companies, most of which are developing self-driving technology, including automakers and robotaxi companies. Uber also reduced the number of cameras on the vehicle from 20 to seven.

The San Francisco Police Department said an investigation is ongoing and it is not yet clear whether the driver will be cited.

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