NTSB arrives in Tempe to investigate deadly crash involving self-driving Uber

Posted at 3:17 PM, Mar 20, 2018
and last updated 2018-03-21 15:50:01-04

Investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board have begun investigating a deadly crash involving a self-driving Uber in Tempe on Sunday evening.

Tempe police say 49-year-old Elaine Herzberg was walking outside of the crosswalk when she was struck by the vehicle, which was in autonomous mode, near Mill Avenue and Curry Road. 

According to NTSB, their investigation will address, "the operating condition of the vehicle, driver interaction with the vehicle and opportunities for the vehicle or driver to detect of the pedestrian."

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On Tuesday, NTSB investigators met with representatives from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Uber, and Tempe police. 

Investigators say they began examining the vehicle involved in the collision, a Volvo XC90, and have visited the crash site. 

NTSB investigators said they will also be viewing a copy of a video that recorded the crash from a dash camera mounted in the vehicle. 

Officials from the NTSB said they will be in Tempe for the rest of the week and a probable cause of the crash will come, "after a comprehensive investigation of the gathered information and data analysis are complete."