TEMPE, Ariz. — Ride-sharing service Uber has decided to pull tests of self-driving cars after a pedestrian was struck and killed.
Police believe the accident, in Tempe, Arizona, marks the first time a pedestrian has died in an accident involving an autonomous vehicle.
A police statement says the vehicle had a human “operator” to assist at the wheel. The woman who was killed was crossing outside of a crosswalk.
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
Both the National Transportation Safety Board and the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration are investigating.
Uber had been operating self-driving cars in other cities under test conditions. All testing is stopped pending the investigation.
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