The prosecutor’s decision not to pursue criminal charges removed a butt-load for the the ride-hailing company(uber), the company’s execs on the other hand are still trying to resolve a long list of federal investigations, lawsuits, and other legal risks ahead of a hotly anticipated initial public offering this year.
The crash involved a Volvo XC90 sport utility vehicle that Uber was using to test self-driving technology. The fatal accident was a setback from which the company has yet to recover; its autonomous vehicle testing remains dramatically reduced.
The accident did not just affect the company involved, it also affeced the entire autonomous vehicle industry leading them to all halt thier test temporarily.
The back up driver for the vehicle involved in the accident Vasquez, could face charges of vehicular manslaughter, according to a police report in June. Vasquez has not previously commented and could not immediately be reached on Tuesday. Yavapai County Attorney’s Office, which examined the case at the request of Maricopa County where the accident occurred, did not explain the reasoning for not finding criminal liability against Uber. Yavapai sent the case back to Maricopa, calling for further expert analysis of the video to determine what the driver should have seen that night.
Uber as we all know in december filed confidentially for an IPO and are expected to hit a valuation of an insane,mind-buggling $120 billion( now that’s what you call a valuation). Its self-driving program, which costs hundreds of millions of dollars and does not generate revenue yet, is likely to come under scrutiny by investors. In March 2018, authorities in Arizona suspended Uber’s ability to test its self-driving cars. Uber also voluntarily halted its entire autonomous car testing program and left Arizona( well though..what do you expect after the autonomous vehicle crash). But in December uber resumed testing it AV’s again in Pittsburgh, restricting the cars to a small loop they can drive only in good weather. The company is now testing with two people in the front seat and more strictly monitors safety drivers. The company also said last year it made improvements to the vehicles’ self-driving software.