Uber turned off security component in a self-driving car before the fatal crash, the company claims

Uber is accused of disabling the software in the self-driving car that struck and killed a person last week. Elaine Herzberg, left, was run over by a car “driven” by Rafaela Vasquez.


Uber was accused Tuesday of disabling the software in the self-driving Volvo vehicle that fatally struck a woman last week in Arizona.

Aptiv PLC, the company that the collision-avoidance technology, told Bloomberg that Uber is disabled, the software in the self-driving SUV that killed Elaine Herzberg, 49, as they cross a street in Tempe on March 18.

“We don’t want people confused or thinking that it is a failure of the technology that we supply for Volvo, because that is not the case,” Aptiv PLC spokesman Zach Peterson told Bloomberg. “The Volvo XC90 is standard advanced driver assistance system” has nothing to do with the Uber-test vehicle autonomous driving system.”


Uber declined to comment on the accusation, and Volvo told Bloomberg they were waiting for the investigation to be completed before they speculated. Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey suspended Uber from the testing of autonomous vehicles in the state after the deadly incident.

Mobileye, which produces the sensor of the chips in the safety of the supplied systems at Aptiv PLC, told Bloomberg tests of the software the Monday after the crash by looking at the images of the accident. The company said that the software “was able to detect Herzberg one second for the impact on the internal tests” despite the video’s poor visual quality.

The software by Aptiv, with the help of the sensors and chips of Mobileye, making the vehicle able to detect a person or object nearby to avoid hitting it. Vehicles with the technology are able to stop automatically if it detects an object.



Video reveals moments leading up to self-driving Uber crash

New video shows both the inside and the outside of the autonomous car. Adam Housley reports.

Last week, the police released images of the camera of the crash, and that turned out to be both the interior and the exterior of the corners of the car ride leaving up to the moment the SUV hit Herzberg. The interior video showed the car’s driver, Rafaela Vasquez, 44, was hung behind the wheel of the vehicle that was allegedly moving at around 40 miles per hour.


While the Volvo SUV was in self-driving mode, Vasquez was in the car, as the safety of the driver, who, in the event there is a failure or problem, could take over.

Uber bought 24,000 Volvo SUVS for self-driving vehicles.


In the moments before the car struck Herzberg, Vasquez is seen repeatedly looking down, apparently in the direction of the console area of the car, until she suddenly looks shocked at the pedestrian area in front of her.

Exterior video shows the Uber car ride at night when vehicle headlights suddenly illuminate Herzberg, who runs with her bike in the street, outside a crosswalks. The police have said neither Herzberg nor Vasquez showed signs of impairment in the crash.

Ambulance rushed Herzberg to a local hospital, where she died from her injuries. The police have said neither Herzberg nor Vasquez showed signs of impairment in the crash, and Vasquez has worked in their research.

The incident was the first disaster involving a self-driving car.

Fox News’ Nicole Darrah, and Stephen Sorace contributed to this report.

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