Uber found not criminally liable in last year’s Tempe, Arizona self-driving car death

Uber has been found not criminally liable in a fatal crash last year involving one of its self-driving cars in Tempe, Arizona.

Yavapai county attorney Sheila Sullivan Polk said in a letter(pdf) dated March 4 that her office found “no basis for criminal liability for the Uber corporation” in the death of Elaine Herzberg, 49, the first known pedestrian to die in an incident involving a driverless car. Maricopa county, which includes Tempe, had referred the case to another county last year because of a conflict.

Polk said her office concluded that the “collision video, as it displays, likely does not accurately depict the events that occurred.” She didn’t elaborate further on possible discrepancies, but recommended Tempe police get an expert analysis of what the vehicle’s driver should have seen at the time of the accident, given vehicle speed, lighting conditions, and other factors.