Uber avoids criminal liability following fatal self-driving car collision

 
James Booth
Uber Self-Driving Car Program Resumes After Crash
Uber has resumed its self-driving car programme following a fatal crash in March (Source: Getty)

Uber has been cleared of liability by a US court after one of its self-driving cars struck and killed a pedestrian in Arizona in March.


A letter from the Yavapai County attorney, made public today, said there was “no basis for criminal liability” for Uber, but that the back-up driver, Rafaela Vasquez, should be referred to police for further investigation.

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The crash involved a Volvo XC90 that Uber was using to test self-driving technology.

The car hit and killed 49-year old Elaine Herzberg while it was in autonomous mode with a human monitor behind the wheel.


Uber suspended its self-driving car testing programme after the incident and it still remains drastically scaled back.

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The collision also had a knock on effect on the wider autonomous vehicle industry and led to other companies halting their testing temporarily.

Vasquez, the back-up driver, could face charges of vehicular manslaughter, according to a June police report