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Who drove the self-propelled car?

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The police has released footage of the deadly accident with a self-propelled car of Uber last Sunday. This shows, inter alia, that the test driver, as a backup in the car just before the accident the eyes are not on the road. That driver was not actually a highly trained engineer, but an ex-prisoner.

The 49-year-old Elaine Herzberg survived the blow, not Sunday night, when they were in Tempe (in the American state of Arizona hit) was by a self-propelled car. She noticed the car that Uber a test …

The 49-year-old Elaine Herzberg survived the blow, not Sunday night, when they were in Tempe (in the American state of Arizona hit) was by a self-propelled car. She noticed the car that Uber, a test was performed late on, the car noticed her too late and also the driver in the car – a back-up to intervene in unforeseen circumstances – could the fateful accident. This is evident from the images of the camera in the car, and by the police released.

An event where lawyers may be a tough nut to crack as they have become a part of who bears the responsibility.

The woman who, as it were, out of nothing came along for the wheels of the car? Uber that the tests are left to run? Volvo the XC90 is built? The suppliers of the software and sensors in the car? Or maybe Rafaela Vasquez in the car and not timely intervened?

An ex-convict behind the wheel

That Rafaela Vasquez seems also not a highly trained engineer or an experienced test pilot. No, Rafaela Vasquez – who according to some sources until recently when Rafael walked through life – chose another path. In 2001, she was sentenced to four years in prison for an attempted armed robbery. A past where Uber not have a problem with, because the company says strong believe in the fact that people deserve a second chance. It brings that conviction in practice. ‘A mistake should not lead to a lifetime punishment, ” reads the website. “At Uber, we connect us to work together with our community and to provide opportunities for those who need it most.’

Rafaela Vasquez met the conditions, let Uber know, according to AZCentral. She was not, for example, recently sentenced for driving under the influence. They would at the time of the accident under the influence of alcohol or drugs. But not everyone is convinced that the good idea is to ex-criminals as test drivers.

In Colorado, where drivers who have been convicted of traffic violations committed while under the influence of drugs or alcohol is not allowed to work for such companies, Uber in november last year sentenced to a penalty of 8.9 million dollars because it is nearly sixty drivers with such convictions on their might to the work proposed.

Then why not engineers behind the wheel? The tasks in these cars don’t seem too complicated – they are there mainly to intervene in the event of unforeseen circumstances on the road, and register what is on the way is all done – so it seems logical that Uber there would prefer not highly-educated and high-wage employee in the service. There is already a shortage of qualified engineers and earn easy to $ 150,000 per year, do CNN. Uber doesn’t reveal how much it pays to be test drivers, but Cruise (the department of self-propelled cars of General Motors) or Waymo (from Google), according to their vacancies 20 or 23 dollars per hour. Those that are satisfied with that salary, after a short training to get started.

(Sources: Reuters, San Francisco Chronicle, LA Times, CNN, and AZCentral)

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