The Uber driver of the self-driving car that caused a fatal accident in the US state of Arizona in March 2018 has been officially charged with culpable death.

The woman would not have been paying close enough attention because she was checking her phone.

The 49-year-old victim died after the self-driving Uber car scooped her.

As far as is known, it was the first death from a self-driving car.

The company then temporarily stopped testing the vehicles.

The suspect was in the car at the time of the accident.

In that role, she would have to intervene if the vehicle made a wrong decision.

According to local police, the woman was distracted because she

was watching

the television show

The Voice

on her phone

.

The accident could have been completely avoided if the woman had paid attention, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said in a November 2019 investigation into the incident.

However, Uber has made a number of decisions in the development of the self-driving car that contributed to the collision, the NTSB concluded.

For example, the software in the vehicle, the Volvo XC90, would not have identified the victim as a pedestrian.

Uber itself was released from criminal charges by the state of Arizona in March last year.

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