Self-Driving Uber Kills Pedestrian Crossing The Street During A Test-Drive
A self-driving Uber struck and killed a woman crossing the street in Tempe, Arizona, Sunday night, CNBC reports.
Uber was testing self-driving cars in Tempe, San Francisco, Phoenix, and Toronto. As of Monday, however, all testing has been stopped after a pedestrian was fatally struck by a self-driving Uber test vehicle while crossing the street. The investigation is ongoing.
According to reports, a vehicle operator was inside the car during the time of the accident, but there were no passengers. The operator was not badly injured.
Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi said in a statement on Twitter, “Some incredibly sad news out of Arizona. We’re thinking of the victim’s family as we work with local law enforcement to understand what happened.”
Some incredibly sad news out of Arizona. We’re thinking of the victim’s family as we work with local law enforcement to understand what happened. https://t.co/cwTCVJjEuz
— dara khosrowshahi (@dkhos) March 19, 2018
Uber’s self-driving car program has seen previous setbacks, including an accident last year in which no persons were injured and a lawsuit with Waymo, an autonomous car development company. It is uncertain when Uber’s autonomous car testing will continue.