The human backup driver in an autonomous Uber SUV was streaming the television show “The Voice” just before the vehicle struck and killed an Arizona pedestrian in March, according to a published report. The Arizona Republic reported that the driver was streaming the musical talent show on Hulu in the moments before the crash on a darkened street in the Phoenix suburb of Tempe. Police obtained records from Hulu with a search warrant showing that the streaming to one of the driver’s cell phones ended at 9:59 p.m. on March 18, while the crash occurred about 10 p.m. The newspaper received the more than 300-page report from Tempe police late Thursday. Elaine Herzberg, 49, was struck as she crossed a darkened road in the middle of a block. It was the first fatal crash involving a self-driving vehicle. Prosecutors are considering charges against the driver, 44-year-old Rafaela Vasquez. A previously released video of the crash showed Vasquez looking down just before the crash. She had a startled look on her face about the time of the impact. The National Transportation Safety Board, in a preliminary report issued last month, said the autonomous driving system on Uber’s Volvo XC-90 SUV spotted… Read full this story
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