Uber halts self-driving cars after pedestrian killed in Arizona

CNET | 3/19/2018 | Dara Kerr,
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The vehicle involved in the accident was one of Uber's many Volvo XC90s, which have been modified to accept Uber's autonomous hardware and software.

A woman was struck and killed by one of Uber's self-driving cars in Tempe, Arizona, early Monday morning. This is the first known fatality from an autonomous vehicle accident on a public road.

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At the time of the collision, a vehicle operator was behind the wheel but the car was in autonomous mode, according to Tempe police. No passengers were in the car.

"The vehicle was traveling northbound just south of Curry Road when a female walking outside of the crosswalk crossed the road from west to east when she was struck by the Uber vehicle," the Tempe police said in a statement. "She was transported to a local area hospital where she passed away from her injuries."

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The police said Uber is assisting in the still-active investigation. The ride-hailing company has also confirmed that it's temporarily halted its self-driving operations in all other cities where it's been testing its vehicles, including Phoenix, Pittsburgh, San Francisco and Toronto.

"Our hearts go out to the victim's family," an Uber spokeswoman said in a statement. "We are fully cooperating with local authorities in their investigation of this incident."

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