‘Driver present at Uber crash was parts of the ride busy with smartphone’

Jun

23

2018

The driver who was present in the self-propelled Uber car when the fatal collision with a person took place was part of the journey with her phone. This appears from a police report that different media have seen.

TechCrunch quotes from the report that the driver’s eyes were not on the road for a third of the 43-minute journey. The police would further conclude that the accident had been avoided if the driver had been on the road. Reuters reports that the police requested information from the Hulu streaming service, which showed that the driver was watching a program and stopped at the time of the collision. The driver would have turned her eyes back on the road half a second before the crash. It is unclear whether criminal prosecution takes place.

The collision occurred on 18 March and the Uber vehicle was placed in self-driving mode. A human driver must still be present for safety purposes. Earlier it turned out that Uber had turned off the emergency brake of the car to prevent ‘erratic behavior’. The driver is expected to intervene in cases of emergency brakes, but receives no notification. In the accident, a 49-year-old woman was killed, who crossed the road in the dark where there was no transition. The state of Arizona, where the accident occurred, forbade further tests from Uber.

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