Video released of Uber self-driving crash that killed woman in Arizona

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The crash Sunday night in Tempe, involving a Volvo XC90 SUV operated by Uber, is believed to be the first death involving a fully autonomous test vehicle, according to The Arizona Republic. Elaine Herzberg, 49, of Mesa, died in the collision. Police identified Rafaela Vasquez, 44, as the backup driver.

The edited dashcam video of the crash was released Wednesday by Tempe police. It included views from exterior and interior cameras of the moments before the collision.


Uber has temporarily suspended its self-driving program, but has not commented on what caused the crash. The company said in a statement on Wednesday night: “The video is disturbing and heartbreaking to watch, and our thoughts continue to be with Elaine’s loved ones. Our cars remain grounded, and we’re assisting local, state and federal authorities in any way we can.”

White said she did not believe the cars should be allowed to return: “This might be the first, but I’ll tell you what, there will be more.”



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