The driver may still be liable.Uber self-guided vehicle Fortune Photo
Uber will not charge in the criminal case of the death of a cyclist because of the company’s self-managed car The investigation found no reason to hold the corporation accountable. This was reported in a letter from the prosecutor of the District of Yawapai Sheila Polk.
Initially, the case should have been dealt with in the Marikopa district, but Uber sponsored social advertising there, therefore, due to a conflict of interest, the case was transferred to another district. Now they will deal with Manikop again: the investigators will have to decide whether to blame the driver for Rafaela Vasquez, who was driving a self-driving car and watching the show on Hulu before the accident.
In Yavapai district, they came to the conclusion that the charges need more evidence, and the video from the accident “most likely does not accurately reflect the events that occurred.” Investigators suggested that the police should find an expert in order to understand what the person at the driver’s place at the time of the accident actually could see.
According to Reuters, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) are still investigating the accident. Regulators can still blame Uber for violations, but not in a criminal case.
On March 19, 2018, a self-driving Uber car hit a 49-year-old cyclist Helen Herzberg in Arizona. The girl crossed the road at night in the wrong and unlit place.
In May 2018, Uber closed testing self-driving cars in Arizona and laid off 300 employees. At the same time, the company resumed testing in other states.
In June 2018, the police said that the accident could have been prevented if the only person in the car had not watched the “Voice” show, but had followed the road.