Uber Settles With Family of Pedestrian Who Was Killed in Crash

Mar 29, 2018

Uber has reached a settlement with the family of the pedestrian who was killed in a crash with the ride-sharing company’s self-driving car in Tempe, Arizona.

The March 18 crash killed 49-year-old Elaine Herzberg as she walked across a street about 100 feet outside of the cross walk at around 10:00pm.

A lawyer for Herzburg’s family told NPR on Wednesday that a settlement has been reached, but did not say how much the settlement was for or provide other details. “The matter has been resolved,” Christina Perez Hesano, the lawyer for Herzburg’s husband and daughter, said.

Following the fatal crash, Uber has proactively suspended testing of its self-driving car technology in all cities. Uber had been testing autonomous vehicles in San Francisco, Phoenix, Pittsburgh and Toronto. Shortly thereafter, Arizona decided to suspend the company’s ability to test self-driving cars in its state, which had previously been a major hub for the ride-sharing company’s autonomous vehicle program.

Uber also let its permit to test cars on public roads in California lapse. The state’s Department of Motor Vehicles said if the company does want to renew its permit, it will have to provide information from the two federal investigations of the Arizona crash. Both the National Transportation Safety Board and the National Highway Traffic Administration are currently conducting a probe into the crash.

The settlement comes amid questions whether Uber uses too few sensors on its self-driving cars. Reuters reports that in 2016, the ride-sharing company reduced its number of radar sensors used to help the cars process their surroundings from seven sensors located all over the vehicle to just one on the car’s roof.

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