Skip to Content
Smart cities

Uber settled with the family of its autonomous-car crash victim

The firm won’t have to go to court over the first pedestrian death involving a driverless vehicle.

The news:  Reuters reports that a case between Uber and the family of the victim, who was fatally injured by an autonomous Uber car in Tempe, Arizona, “has been resolved.” There are no details about the settlement.

Why it matters: Uber won’t have to endure a lengthy and complex legal case. That defers a precedent-setting lawsuit about self-driving culpability.

But: Big questions still hang over Uber’s autonomy technologyMany ethical questions remain unanswered about driverless vehicles involved in accidents. And in this case, it’s all made more complex by the fact that the car’s safety driver was distracted before the collision.

More to come: Much controversy still surrounds the incident. Uber’s cars reportedly use fewer safety sensors than they originally did, and a friendly relationship with Arizona’s governor is said to have allowed the project to run with minimal oversight. Two ongoing government probes may provide some answers.

Keep Reading

Most Popular

The inside story of how ChatGPT was built from the people who made it

Exclusive conversations that take us behind the scenes of a cultural phenomenon.

How Rust went from a side project to the world’s most-loved programming language

For decades, coders wrote critical systems in C and C++. Now they turn to Rust.

ChatGPT is about to revolutionize the economy. We need to decide what that looks like.

New large language models will transform many jobs. Whether they will lead to widespread prosperity or not is up to us.

Design thinking was supposed to fix the world. Where did it go wrong?

An approach that promised to democratize design may have done the opposite.

Stay connected

Illustration by Rose Wong

Get the latest updates from
MIT Technology Review

Discover special offers, top stories, upcoming events, and more.

Thank you for submitting your email!

Explore more newsletters

It looks like something went wrong.

We’re having trouble saving your preferences. Try refreshing this page and updating them one more time. If you continue to get this message, reach out to us at with a list of newsletters you’d like to receive.