Elaine Herzberg is the 49-year-old pedestrian who was killed by a self-driving Uber taxi. The incident occurred in Tempe, Arizona. Herzberg was hit by a self-driving Volvo SUV as she attempted to walk her bike across the street.
Elaine Herzberg Facebook Updates
Elaine Herzberg has multiple Facebook profiles. In the About section of the profile she updated most recently, Herzberg reveals that she was separated and lived in Mesa, Arizona. She’s originally from Apache, Arizona and attended Apache Junction High School.
On March 14, 2015, Elaine shared the following pic on Facebook:
On July 22, 2015, Herzberg shared the following pic via Facebook:
Elaine Herzberg Is The First Person Killed By Self-Driving Car
Herzberg is the first person to be killed by a self-driving car. Last year, a self-driving vehicle in Tempe, Arizona was involved in an accident yet there were no serious injuries.
Engadget reports that Uber has stopped all of its self-driving car tests in San Francisco, Pittsburgh, Toronto and Phoenix. It will be interesting to see if companies like Amazon and Google continue their plans to introduce self-driving cars.
Police Chief Says That Uber Is Likely Not Responsible
The San Francisco Chronicle reports that Tempe, Arizona police chief, Slyvia Moir doesn’t believe that Uber was at fault. Videos have been reviewed and Moir explains that it would have been difficult for a human to avoid the accident because Elaine came from the shadows right into the street.
The Uber self-driving car death is not a big deal because it's a self-driving car and they're actually safer.
It's a big deal because it's not actually clear if they companies can be held liable for the death.
— Emily G, Cville. (@EmilyGorcenski) March 20, 2018
A Driver Was In The Car
The police chief explains that courts would have a difficult time trying to hold a self-driving car responsible for an accident. While this is true, there was an operator in the Uber vehicle at the time of the accident. The car was in autonomous mode but the operator could have taken control of the car. The vehicle was driving 38 in a 35 mph zone and made no attempt to brake.
"Uber self-driving car kills pedestrian in first fatal autonomous crash…"
The robot revolution begins.
— Writer Louis Leung (@ricedaddy7) March 20, 2018
Elaine Herzberg Was Homeless
Police Sgt. Ronald Elcock explains that Herzberg may have been homeless. The Verge reports that she was transported to the hospital where she later passed away. Media outlets are being scrutinized for including that Elaine may have been homeless:
Hmm. Uber crash victim was homeless. Why is that something to report!?!? Must have been their fault then – nothing to with the vehicle, it’s designers, regulators, road authorities etc etc? Please…. #roadsafety #sharedresponsibility #automation #ai #crash #uber
— Paul Salmon (@DrPaulSalmon) March 20, 2018
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