WASHINGTON — The NTSB has deployed a team to Tempe, Arizona, to investigate the fatal collision of an Uber vehicle and a pedestrian that occurred on Sunday.
The Uber vehicle was part of the company’s self-driving fleet of vehicles. The victim, identified as 49-year-old Elaine Herzberg, was walking her bicycle across the street outside of a crosswalk when she was struck, police said.
The vehicle was in “autonomous mode at the time of the collision, with a vehicle operator behind the wheel,” Tempe police said.
The NTSB investigation will address the vehicle’s interaction with the environment, other vehicles and vulnerable road users such as pedestrians and bicyclists.
The team will consist of Investigator-in-Charge Jennifer Morrison and three investigators who will examine vehicle factors, human performance and electronic recorders.
Uber said in a brief statement, “Our hearts go out to the victim’s family. We are fully cooperating with [law enforcement] in their investigation of this incident.”
NTSB investigators in Tempe, Arizona, examine the Uber vehicle involved in Sunday’s fatal accident. pic.twitter.com/Zoj4GrnxCT
— NTSB_Newsroom (@NTSB_Newsroom) March 20, 2018
Our hearts go out to the victim’s family. We’re fully cooperating with @TempePolice and local authorities as they investigate this incident.
— Uber Comms (@Uber_Comms) March 19, 2018