The police in Tempe, AZ stated that the evidence made it clear that the driver behind the wheel of a self-driving Uber was distracted due the streaming of a television show on the mobile phone right up until the time the fatal accident occurred in the month of March. The police deemed that the car that rocked the nascent industry and was completely avoidable and it took place only due to the distraction caused by the streaming video. A total of 318 pages of the report given by the police department of Tempe was released on Thursday which came as a response to a public records request which said that the Uber driver Rafaela Vasquez was repeatedly looking down and not at the road but just glancing up for half a second before the car hit 49-year-old Elaine Herzberg, who was crossing the street at night.
Per the report, Vasquez has a good chance of facing charges of vehicle manslaughter. The police mentioned on the basis of testing that this particular crash could have been completely avoided if the driver, Vasquez had been paying attention. The police department of Tempe also gathered records from Hulu which is an online service for streaming television shows and movies. The records obtained show that the account of Vasquez was playing the television talent show named 'The Voice' for about 42 minutes that ended at 9.59 pm, the night of the crash.
It is still not quite clear whether Vasquez will be charged or not and the police department has already submitted all their findings to county prosecutors, who will be making the decision ultimately. The Office of Maricopa County Attorney referred the case to the Office of Yavapai County Attorney because of the conflict and that the office could not be reached late Thursday.
Vasquez could not be reached immediately for the purpose of commenting and Reuters said that they were not able to locate her attorney as well. At the time of the crash, the Uber car was in the self-driving or the autonomous mode but Uber like other self-driving car manufacturers require a back up driver in the car for intervening when the autonomous system results in a failure or some kind of tricky driving situation occurs.