Safety Board to Hold Hearing on Uber Autonomous Crash

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Oct. 18, 2019—The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) will hold a hearing to determine the probable cause of a March 2018 Uber self-driving vehicle crash that killed a pedestrian in Arizona, per a report by the Insurance Journal.

Elaine Herzberg, 49, was walking her bicycle outside the crosswalk on a four-lane road when she was struck by the Uber vehicle traveling 39 miles per hour. 

In March, prosecutors in Arizona said Uber was not criminally liable in the self-driving crash and they would not pursue charges.

However, in July, police in Tempe, Ariz., closed a street to conduct a lighting test as it investigated whether the Uber safety driver who was behind the wheel and supposed to respond in the event of an emergency should face criminal charges. Police have said the crash was “entirely avoidable” and that the backup driver was watching “The Voice” TV program at the time of the crash.

The hearing will be held Nov. 19. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is also investigating the crash. 


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