Waymo CEO says company’s tech could have avoided fatal Uber crash

Waymo CEO John Krafcik / Wikimedia Commons photo

By KTAR.com

The head of Waymo, Fiat Chrysler and Google’s driverless car company, said at the NADA conference in Las Vegas that his company’s technology could have handled a situation and avoided the deadly Uber crash in Tempe.

“For those of us at Waymo, it was a very sad day because that was an accident that was in a car that had technology representing the self-driving space. For those of us at Waymo, it is the mission of safety and avoiding accidents just like that one that bring us all together as a company,” Waymo CEO John Krafcik said.

“So, it struck us, I think, in a very, very, very major way. The company was founded on the principles of safety and mobility and access for all and we’ve dedicated ourselves to making this technology safe.”

Krafcik made the comments in response to a crash involving a self-driving Uber vehicle that resulted in the death of 49-year-old Elaine Herzberg last Sunday. An Uber employee was in the driver’s seat at the time of the crash, but the car was operating in autonomous mode.

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