Published: Thu, March 22, 2018
Science | By Dan Gutierrez

Video shows terrfiying moment self-driving Uber kills woman

Video shows terrfiying moment self-driving Uber kills woman

Arizona officials took the unexpected step of releasing video from a fatal crash involving a self-driving Uber vehicle that happened earlier in the week.

The victim, 49-year-old Elaine Herzberg, was fatally wounded in the crash.

The safety driver, Rafaela Vasquez, appears to look down several times, including immediately before the Volvo came upon Elaine Herzberg.

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While the Volvo XC90 SUV was in self-driving mode, Vasquez was in the auto as a safety driver, who, in the event there was a malfunction or issue, could take control of the vehicle. Just before the video stops, the driver looks up and suddenly looks shocked. Liliana Duran with Tempe Police Wednesday afternoon, combines video taken by an exterior camera with video taken by an interior camera.

In the moments before the auto struck Herzberg, Vasquez was seen repeatedly looking down, seemingly toward the console area of the vehicle, until she suddenly looked shocked at the pedestrian in front of her. The vehicular crimes unit is investigating, and the department anticipates "submitting the case for review to the Maricopa County Attorney's Office", according to a police statement.

Tempe Police Chief Sylvia Moir has said the accident may have been "unavoidable" and it appeared that Uber may not be at fault.

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