An autonomous car operated by Uber has taken the life of an Arizona pedestrian on the evening of Sunday 18th. The local police department’s statement claims that a woman “was crossing the street outside of a crosswalk” before she had been hit by the vehicle. Reports from ABC 15 suggest that there was a bicycle present at the scene of the incident, however, it is not confirmed if the victim was riding the bicycle or walking. We have also heard news that this is possibly the first fatality caused by an autonomous vehicle in the USA.
There was, in fact, a human occupant sitting in the Volvo SUV but they obviously had no control of the self-driving car. The identity of the deceased has not been established just yet, but there are on-going investigations from local authorities.
Uber, one of the largest transportation networking firms in the world, states that it is completely working with the local authorities to look into this unfortunate case. As a result of the incident, the company is temporarily suspending all self-driving vehicle testing in Tempe, Toronto, Pittsburgh, as well as San Francisco.
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Source: | ABC15 |
Via: | Autoblog |
Image: | The New York Times |