Police say Uber driver was watching Hulu before fatal crash

Uber driver was streaming Hulu show before fatal self-driving crash

Uber driver was streaming Hulu show before fatal self-driving crash

Hulu records showed that Vasquez had been watching "The Voice" for about 42 minutes.

The newspaper received the more than 300-page report from Tempe police late Thursday.

Herzberg, who was homeless, was walking her bicycle across the street, outside of a crosswalk on a four-lane road, the night of March 18 when she was struck by the front right side of the Volvo.

Speaking to the tech site, an Uber spokesperson said: "We have a strict policy prohibiting mobile device usage for anyone operating our self-driving vehicles".

Vasquez could face charges for vehicular manslaughter, according to Tempe Police Department.

Uber declined to comment on the police report.

Uber's self-driving Volvo SUV was traveling at just under 44 miles-per-hour.

Last month, an Uber spokeswoman said the company was undergoing a 'top-to-bottom safety review, ' and had brought on a former federal transportation official to help improve the company's safety culture.

Drivers are told they can be fired for violating this rule.

Uber said the autonomous system also relies on the human operator to monitor diagnostic messages on the dashboard and tag events for review. That could change as Uber readies its fleet to return to the road in Pittsburgh.

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It was also concluded that Vasquez started watching the talent show just minutes after starting the drive that night. The report said that she looked down 166 times while the vehicle was in motion, frequently looking in the direction of her right knee.

Piecing together the NTSB's timeline with data released by Hulu reveals that Vasquez had been streaming Hulu for all but three minutes of her 45-minute drive in a Volvo XC90 crossover SUV fitted with Uber's prototype self-driving vehicle technology.

Cody Fleming, assistant professor of systems engineering at the University of Virginia, told me in a conversation about autonomous vehicle levels - Level 0 means no vehicle automation with the driver fully in control; Level 5 is the highest, with the auto able to drive itself in any situation and condition - that humans don't do well with boredom. In addition, Uber's system detected the pedestrian, but did not attempt to stop. But the system is not created to alert the driver.

The newly-released body cam video shows officers talking to the driver of the self-driving vehicle, 44-year-old Rafaela Vasquez, who was still seated in the auto.

"The vehicle was in auto-drive", she said to the officer.

"Um, yes, um, I hit a bicyclist northbound Mill Avenue just south of Curry Road", says Vasquez in the 911 audio. "I know I hit her". Uber's video shows the driver looking up a half second before the collision, having been looking down for 5.3 seconds. Once they tracked her down, investigators obtained search warrants for her two cell phones.

Video from inside the vehicle shows Herzberg glances down more than 200 times and "appears to react and show a smirk or laugh at various points during the time she is looking down", the report states. Video recordings don't show what she's doing with her hands. Of the almost 22 minutes that elapsed during that distance, Vasquez was looking down for 6 minutes and 47 seconds.

Vasquez's cellphone records seem to contradict statements she gave National Transportation Safety Board investigators earlier this year.

Authorities also noted the self-driving Uber didn't alert operators of when to take control of the auto.

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