Jun 22, 2018

Driver in fatal Arizona Uber crash was watching TV

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A new police report investigating the self-driving Uber that fatally struck a pedestrial in Arizona in March revealed that the driver was streaming an episode of "The Voice" at the time of the accident — not watching the road, reports the BBC.

The details: The report found that car operator, Rafaela Vasquez, looked up from her phone screen just half a second before the crash. The car was moving at 44 mph and did not brake before the accident.

The big picture: The footage released after the accident sparked outrage across the country, and Uber put their self-driving car program on hold temporarily. The American Automobile Association conducted a survey shortly after the crash measuring trust in self-driving technology, and found that 73% of Americans would be afraid to ride in autonomous vehicles, even though self-driving cars have the potential to reduce accident-related fatalities.

What they're saying: An Uber spokesman said in an emailed statement that mobile device usage by self-driving car operators is a fireable offense, and the company is planning more changes to the program that will be announced soon.

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Biden formally secures Democratic presidential nomination

Joe Biden speaks at Delaware State University's student cente on June 5. Photo: Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images

Former Vice President Joe Biden became the formal Democratic presidential nominee on Friday evening, per AP.

The big picture: Biden has been the presumptive frontrunner to take on President Trump since Sen. Bernie Sanders suspended his campaign in early April.

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Scoop: German foreign minister to travel to Israel with warning on annexation

Heiko Maas. Photo: Michael Kappeler/picture alliance via Getty Images

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas is expected to travel to Israel next week to warn that there will be consequences if Israeli leaders move forward with plans to annex parts of the West Bank, Israeli officials and European diplomats tell me.

Why it matters: Israeli and European officials agree that if Israel goes ahead with unilateral annexation, the EU will respond with sanctions.