Uber’s self-driving operator charged over fatal crash

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*:not([hidden]):not(style) ~ *:not([hidden]):not(style){margin-top:1rem;}]]> img{overflow:hidden;position:absolute;top:0;right:0;bottom:0;left:0;display:-webkit-box;display:-webkit-flex;display:-ms-flexbox;display:flex;-webkit-box-pack:center;-webkit-justify-content:center;-ms-flex-pack:center;justify-content:center;-webkit-align-items:center;-webkit-box-align:center;-ms-flex-align:center;align-items:center;width:100%;height:100%;object-fit:cover;}]]> image copyrightRetuers *:not([hidden]):not(style) ~ *:not([hidden]):not(style){margin-top:1rem;}]]>The back-up driver of an Uber self-driving car that killed a pedestrian has been charged with negligent homicide.Elaine Herzberg, aged 49, was hit by the car as she wheeled a bicycle across the road in Tempe, Arizona, in 2018.Investigators said the car’s safety driver, Rafael Vasquez, had been streaming an episode of the television show The Voice at the time.Ms Vasquez pleaded not guilty, and was released to await trial.Uber will not face criminal charges, after a decision last year that there was “no basis for criminal liability” for the corporation. The accident was the first death on record involving a self-driving car, and resulted in Uber ending its testing of the technology in Arizona. ‘Visually distracted’Lengthy investigations by police and the US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) found that human error was mostly to blame for the crash. …

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