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Uber self-driving cars were reportedly in 37 crashes before fatal incident

[2019.11.07, Thu 18:05] In March 2018, an Uber test vehicle struck and killed a pedestrian in the first known fatal crash involving a self-driving car. The agency found 37 crashes involving Uber vehicles operating in autonomous mode between September 2016 and March 2018, the month the fatal crash occurred. Earlier this year, prosecutors ruled that Uber was not criminally liable in the death of Herzberg, but the driver, Rafaela Vasquez, could still face criminal charges, according to the BBC. "We deeply value the thoroughness of the NTSB's investigation into the crash and look forward to reviewing their recommendations," Uber said in a statement. Uber suspended its self-driving car tests following the crash, and Arizona officials rescinded the company's permit to test cars on public roads in the state. Uber subsequently resumed testing on public streets elsewhere, albeit at low speeds and with cars operating in manual mode. The fatal crash put the brakes on Uber's test program, but not on self-driving cars as a whole. In late 2018, Waymo launched a commercial ridesharing service using self-driving cars in the Phoenix metropolitan area.
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