Self-Driving Uber Kills Woman Crossing an Arizona Street

Tempe police have identified her as Elaine Herzberg, 49
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 19, 2018 12:49 PM CDT
Updated Mar 19, 2018 2:35 PM CDT
In this Monday, Sept. 12, 2016, file photo, a self-driving Uber sits ready to take journalists for a ride during a media preview in Pittsburgh.   (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)

(Newser) – A self-driving Uber vehicle fatally struck a woman crossing the street in Tempe, Ariz., late Sunday. The woman, who AZ Family reports has been identified as Elaine Herzberg, 49, was not within a crosswalk; she was taken to a nearby hospital and died there. The vehicle was in autonomous mode when the crash occurred around 10pm, but a vehicle operator was behind the wheel. There were no passengers. Tempe police are investigating. The New York Times reports the incident "appears to be the first known death of a pedestrian struck by an autonomous vehicle on public roads."

  • Reuters has the police statement: “The vehicle was traveling northbound ... when a female walking outside of the crosswalk crossed the road from west to east when she was struck by the Uber vehicle."

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