Uber Technologies Inc. has stopped testing their self-driving vehicles after a pedestrian was struck and killed last night in Tempe, Arizona. The first reported pedestrian hit by car death involving a self-driving vehicle.
Bloomberg News (@Bloomberg) reports, the woman was crossing the road outside of a crosswalk when the Uber vehicle, operating in autonomous mode under the supervision of a human safety driver, struck her, according to the Tempe Police Department. The woman was transferred to a local hospital where she died from her injuries. A spokeswoman for the Tempe Police Department said Uber is investigating with the ongoing investigation.
On Monday, uber said that they were pausing tests of all its autonomous vehicles in Pittsburgh, San Francisco, Toronto, and the greater Phoenix area.
“Our hearts go out to the victim’s family. We are fully cooperating with local authorities in their investigation of this incident.” An Uber spokeswoman said in a statement.