Uber driver was watching Hulu when self-driving vehicle killed pedestrian

Elaine Herzberg was wheeling her bike across the road when she was hit by the Volvo which was being driven by Rafaela Vasquez

Elaine Herzberg was wheeling her bike across the road when she was hit by the Volvo which was being driven by Rafaela Vasquez

Vasquez had previously told National Transportation Safety Board investigators in a post-crash interview that the phones weren't in use.

The driver behind the wheel of an autonomous Uber vehicle that fatally struck a woman in Tempe in March was watching "The Voice" via a streaming service in the minutes leading up to the crash, a police report says.

David Friedman, director of cars and product policy and analysis safety at Consumers Union, the advocacy division of Consumer Reports, says the Arizona crash shows that Uber's approach is unsafe. She was watching "The Voice" from 9:16 p.m. until 9:59 p.m. Police believe the crash happened while she was streaming that show.

The crash occurred about 10 p.m. "We have a strict policy prohibiting mobile device usage for anyone operating our self-driving vehicles".

Vasquez reportedly told federal investigators after the crash, "that she had been monitoring the self-driving interface and that while her personal and business phones were in the vehicle neither were in use until after the crash".

After Uber announced it meant to resume testing, Pittsburgh laid out a set of conditions for the company, including a strict 25-mph speed limit for test cars to make collisions with pedestrians more survivable.

Uber has since shut down their self-driving program in the Valley.

"The vehicle was in auto-drive", Vasquez says to the officer.

Tempe Police Department A photo of the self-driving Uber SUV in Tempe immediately following the fatal accident in March.

"The vehicle was in auto-drive", Rafaela Vasquez, 44, is heard telling police on an officer's body camera. If Vasquez had braked, she would have given Herzberg an extra.57 seconds of time to cross in front of the vehicle.

Both Vasquez and Uber have declined to comment on the new evidence.

"Before impact, Rafael is looking at the area of her right knee for a notable length of time".

Police said a review of video from inside the auto showed Vasquez was looking down during the trip, and her face 'appears to react and show a smirk or laugh at various points during the times that she is looking down'.

Uber is beginning to digest the information from the investigation and safety review in order to return to the road as safely as possible, the company said.

In the almost 22 minutes leading up to the crash, Vasquez wasn't looking at the road for six and a half of them ― about 32 percent of the time ― police found.

The incident in March raised alarms about the ability of autonomous technology to react to unexpected human behaviors and led to Uber temporarily shutting down its self-driving vehicle operations nationwide. The Tempe Police Department obtained logs from Hulu, revealing that she had been streaming The Voice for nearly an hour at the time of the accident. Her "disregard for assigned job function to intervene in a hazardous situation" contributed to the crash, the newspaper reported.

An Uber spokeswoman announced the company was undergoing a "top-to-bottom safety review" last month. Former NTSB Chair Christopher Hart is now a safety consultant for Uber.

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