Arizona Police Release Dash Cam Footage From Uber’s Fatal Self-Driving Car Crash
Police have released the dash cam footage showing the moment one of Uber’s self driving cars struck and killed a woman in Tempe, Arizona on Sunday night.
The self-driving car, with an emergency backup driver behind the wheel, fatally struck 49-year-old Elaine Herzberg around 10 p.m. as she was crossing the street. The car was reportedly going 38 mph in a 35 mph zone.
The video shows Herzberg crossing the street with a bike — and cuts just before the impact. A view inside shows the emergency backup driver looking down, and then reacting last minute as he sees the woman.
Uber began testing driverless cars a few years ago — in cities like Tempe and San Francisco — but suspended the program after Sunday’s fatal crash. It was the first pedestrian death involving a self-driving car.
Uber responded to the video on Wednesday in a statement to The San Francisco Chronicle, calling it “disturbing and heartbreaking to watch.”
Sylvia Moir, the Tempe police chief, told reporters that the Uber driver had little time to react to the crash:
“The driver said it was like a flash, the person walked out in front of them,” Moir said. “His first alert to the collision was the sound of the collision.”
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