Arizona pedestrian is killed by Uber self-driving auto


The New York Times reports that Uber is suspending autonomous vehicle testing in Tempe, Pittsburgh, San Francisco, and Toronto.

Uber is temporarily stopping its self-driving auto program after one of its vehicles fatally struck a woman in Arizona.

A female pedestrian, who was walking outside of a crosswalk, was struck by the Uber self-driving vehicle, according to police.

Uber said it was putting a hold on all tests involving its self-driving cars.

Police have launched an investigation, and is co-operating with Uber.

There was a safety driver behind the wheel of the vehicle.

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"Our hearts go out to the victim's family".

A self-driving Uber vehicle hit and killed a pedestrian in Arizona, according to multiple reports.

As with the fatal Tesla crash, the deadly Uber accident is likely to stoke concerns that the industry is moving too fast to deploy self-driving vehicles. There was an operator in the driver's seat of the vehicle at the time of the incident although it is unknown whether any attempt was made to avoid a collision. She is believed to be the first person killed by a self-driving vehicle.

Uber expressed condolences to Herzberg's family and says it is working with local law enforcement on the investigation.

Companies like Waymo, General Motors, and Uber have been testing self-driving cars for years over millions of miles.

Uber is pumping the brakes on its self-driving vehicle program after a tragic accident. We suspect heavy regulation will be coming down the pike. And, for the most part, testing of the technology has shown the cars to be safe.