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US Homeless Arizona woman killed by Uber self-driving SUV was 'like everyone's aunt'

01:25  21 march  2018
01:25  21 march  2018 Source:   reuters.com

Woman dies in Arizona after being hit by Uber self-driving car

  Woman dies in Arizona after being hit by Uber self-driving car A woman died of her injuries after being struck by a Uber self-driving vehicle in Arizona, police said on Monday, and the ride hailing company said it had suspended its autonomous vehicle program across the United States and Canada. The accident in Tempe, Arizona, marked the first fatality from a self-driving vehicle, which are still being tested around the globe, and could derail efforts to fast-track the introduction of the new technology in the United States.At the time of the accident, which occurred overnight Sunday to Monday, the car was in autonomous mode with a vehicle operator behind the wheel, Tempe police said.

The Arizona pedestrian killed by an Uber self - driving vehicle was a homeless woman close to getting off the streets, her friends said, describing her as a fighter who took care of those around her. “She was like everyone ’ s aunt ,” said Benjamin Jeffrey, a friend of Herzberg and also homeless

“She was like everyone ’ s aunt ,” said Benjamin Jeffrey, a friend of Herzberg and also homeless , who spoke to Reuters from an encampment near the scene Police said Herzberg was killed while walking her bike across a four-lane road outside the crosswalk when she was struck by an Uber self - driving

  Homeless Arizona woman killed by Uber self-driving SUV was 'like everyone's aunt' © getty The Arizona pedestrian killed by an Uber self-driving vehicle was a homeless woman close to getting off the streets, her friends said, describing her as a fighter who took care of those around her.

Elaine Herzberg, 49, known fondly as "Elle" and "Ms. Elle," was widely known and liked throughout the homeless community of Tempe, Arizona, a suburb of Phoenix.

"She was like everyone's aunt," said Benjamin Jeffrey, a friend of Herzberg and also homeless, who spoke to Reuters from an encampment near the scene of Sunday's accident.

"She didn't need to be on the streets and yet she did it with style and with couth and with originality," Jeffrey said.

Self-driving car industry faces critical test after first death

  Self-driving car industry faces critical test after first death The death of a woman in Arizona struck by a self-driving car with no human control, the first fatality involving a fully autonomous vehicle, is an event the nascent industry has long dreaded and comes at a sensitive time. Monday's accident involving an Uber Technologies Inc car is shaping up as the first significant test of how policy makers and the public will respond to the new technology. The incident occurred as companies have pushing for regulatory clearance to offer self-driving car ride services as soon as next year. On Friday, Uber and Alphabet Inc's Waymo car unit had written U.S.

The Arizona pedestrian killed by an Uber self - driving vehicle was a homeless woman close to getting off the streets, her friends said, describing “She was like everyone ’ s aunt ,” said Benjamin Jeffrey, a friend of Herzberg and also homeless , who spoke to Reuters from an encampment near

"She was like everyone ' s aunt ," said Benjamin Jeffrey, a friend of Herzberg and also homeless , who spoke to Reuters from an encampment near the scene Police said Herzberg was killed while walking her bike across a four-lane road outside the crosswalk when she was struck by an Uber self - driving

Police said Herzberg was killed while walking her bike across a four-lane road outside the crosswalk when she was struck by an Uber self-driving sport utility vehicle traveling at about 40 miles per hour (65 km per hour). Further details are unknown and a police investigation is ongoing.

Uber suspended its self-driving program in North America in the wake of the incident.

Jeffrey said he knew Herzberg before he himself became homeless and took her in. She later repaid the favor.

"She took care of me when nobody else cared," he said. "Against insurmountable odds she maintained her composure."

Another camp resident, Kriss Kidd, said the homeless community considered Herzberg one of their caretakers.

"She has such a big heart, she had to help anyone she could," said Kidd, 51. "She definitely made an impact on people's lives - she made you want to have hope."

Should self-driving Uber have sensed woman coming before fatal accident?

  Should self-driving Uber have sensed woman coming before fatal accident? Uber suspended all testing of its autonomous vehicles after the crash, the first-known pedestrian fatality involving a self-driving car . Police say 49-year-old Elaine Herzberg was walking from a median into the lane with the self-driving Uber, reports CBS News correspondent Kris Van Cleave. While the SUV likely had no time to stop, the question is: Should the self-driving car technology have sensed the woman coming?Police say the SUV was operating in autonomous mode with a human backup driver. The Uber was traveling northbound at just under 40 mph at around 10 p.m.

The Arizona pedestrian killed by an Uber self - driving vehicle was a homeless woman close to getting off the streets, her friends said, describing "She was like everyone ' s aunt ," said Benjamin Jeffrey, a friend of Herzberg and also homeless , who spoke to Reuters from an encampment near

A woman in Tempe, Ariz., died after being hit by a self - driving car operated by Uber , in what is believed to be the first fatality of a pedestrian A pedestrian was struck and killed by a self - driving Uber vehicle at the intersection a night earlier.Credit Caitlin O'Hara for The New York Times.

She was also fiercely loyal.

"She could be a fighter," Kidd said. "You mess with her, that's it."

Those who knew her said Herzberg, who struggled with family and financial troubles, was close to getting off the streets, working with a local organization to secure a roommate and an apartment.

"She didn't want to be out here anymore," Kidd said. "The longer you're out here, the streets just eat you up."

Herzberg's death marked a very real collision between the world of high-tech and the underbelly of society. For Jeffrey, there was an element of irony — he had formerly been an Uber driver in Tempe for the company's traditional ride service.

Jeffrey said local residents respected Uber, "but we also respect the pedestrian right of way."

"I never would have imagined that Ms. Elle and this Uber thing ... would collide."

( Editing by Alexandria Sage and Matthew Lewis)

Uber reaches settlement with family of autonomous vehicle victim .
The family of the woman killed by an Uber Technologies Inc [UBER.UL] self-driving vehicle in Arizona has reached a settlement with the ride services company, ending a potential legal battle over the first fatality caused by an autonomous vehicle.<br>Cristina Perez Hesano, attorney with the firm of Bellah Perez in Glendale, Arizona, said "the matter has been resolved" between Uber and daughter and husband of Elaine Herzberg, 49, who died after being hit by an Uber self-driving SUV in the Phoenix suburb of Tempe earlier this month.

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