[YesAuto News] According to foreign media reports, Uber officials have reached a settlement on March 18, local time, with the families of the victims of the deaths of their self-driving vehicles. This means that the families of the victims will not file a lawsuit in the court in the future. The fatal accident of a self-driving car has thus avoided a potential legal dispute.
In response, attorney Cristina Perez Hesano of Bellah Perez Law Firm in Arizona said that at present, the “problem has been resolved” between Uber and the victim's family, and the two parties do not intend to publicize the content of the settlement agreement. In addition, the law firm also stated that the victim’s family believed that the matter had been resolved, and therefore would not comment on this. Uber officials also refused to respond to the incident. At present, investigation and research on the accident are still continuing.
According to U.S. police, at around 10pm local time on March 18, a 49-year-old woman was hit by an Uber self-driving test vehicle modified by Volvo XC90 while pushing a bicycle outside the sidewalk to cross a four-lane road from west to east. He died after being rushed to the hospital. At the time of the accident, the vehicle was in the automatic driving mode with a driver sitting on the vehicle at a speed of 65 kilometers per hour. After the accident, Uber immediately communicated with the families of the victims and suspended its autonomous driving test projects in North American cities such as Tempe, Pittsburgh, San Francisco and Toronto. (Source: engadget; Compiler/Car Home Chen Shuo)