One of Uber’s self-driving cars hit and killed a woman in Arizona Monday, causing the company to halt testing of autonomous technology.
Police say one of the autonomous Uber cars in Tempe, Ariz., struck the woman who was walking outside the crosswalk, Fox 10 Arizona reports. The woman was taken to the hospital where she later died.
Uber said it was cooperating with investigations, and that it would suspend testing driverless cars in other cities, including Phoenix, San Francisco, Pittsburgh and Toronto.
Police report that there was a driver behind the wheel of the car, but it was in autonomous mode.
Our hearts go out to the victim’s family. We’re fully cooperating with @TempePolice and local authorities as they investigate this incident.
— Uber Comms (@Uber_Comms) March 19, 2018
Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi expressed his condolences 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. https://t.co/cwTCVJjEuz
— dara khosrowshahi (@dkhos) March 19, 2018
Other driverless cars have run into people and caused minor injuries, but this is the first known fatality from an autonomous vehicle.
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