The family of the victim in the first ever fatal accident with a self-driving car has reached a settlement with Uber.
The details of the settlement were not disclosed. A lawyer for the family, Cristina Perez Hesano with the Bellah Perez law firm in Glendale Arizona, said that "the matter has been resolved", according to Reuters.
Earlier this month, Elaine Herzberg of Tempe Arizona was struck by a self-driving car operated by Uber. She was crossing the road outside of a designated crosswalk late at night, suddenly coming out of the darkness and giving very little time for the car’s human occupant to react.
Emergency responders rushed Herzberg to hospital where she later died from her injuries.
She is survived by her husband and daughter, whose names were not disclosed. A spokesperson for Uber declined to comment.
The accident proved to be a complex legal challenge for both scholars and law professionals as self-driving cars are a complex machine that isn’t made by a single entity. Uber may have owned and operated the car, but the car was built by Volvo, and the sensors and software that went into the autonomous driving technology were provided by a variety of other companies.
Earlier this week it was revealed that the Volvo XC90 that struck Herzberg had its standard safety features disabled. Volvo was quick to point out that had those safety features been in place the accident could have been prevented. So too did Aptiv Plc, one of the suppliers of sensors for the autonomous driving tech, as did Mobileye, the chipmaker used for the complex software.
Mobileye also put out their own statement showing that if their software had been enabled Herzberg would have been detected a full second before the collision. The company declined to state whether that would have been enough to prevent the tragedy.
The settlement, unfortunately, prevents law scholars from plumbing deeper into the question of who was ultimately at fault. The investigation into the accident is still ongoing.