Autonomous Uber auto involved in fatal United States crash

Self-Driving Uber Car Kills Arizona Pedestrian

Self-Driving Uber Car Kills Arizona Pedestrian

Uber suspended all of its self-driving testing Monday after what is believed to be the first fatal pedestrian crash involving the vehicles.

Officials said that Herzberg was walking her bike across the street, outside a crosswalk, when she was hit, ABC 6 reported. She later died at the hospital.

In a statement, the Tempe Police Department confirmed the vehicle involved was one of Uber's driverless cars and that it was in autonomous mode at the time of the accident. No passengers were inside.

QUESTIONS WILL be raised over the safety of testing self-driving cars on public roads, after a 49-year old pedestrian was killed by an autonomous Uber vehicle.

But the company has temporarily halted all self-driving operations in Phoenix, Pittsburgh, San Francisco and Toronto while the investigation into the incident continues.

On social media, Uber issued a statement confirming that the company was aware of what had happened and that they would work with police in the ongoing investigation. The National Transportation Safety Board is also sending a team to investigate the crash. He noted that 6,000 pedestrians and almost 40,000 people die annually on USA roads in more than 6 million crashes annually.

The fatality which occurred over the weekend is the first fatality involving the controversial fleet of autonomous vehicles.

Tempe Police confirmed the death in a statement, and said there was a driver in the auto at the time of the accident.

The fatal accident was the company's third incident involving a self-driving vehicle.

The Ontario Ministry of Transportation said it is reviewing the Tempe incident.

The program is one of several self-driving vehicle initiatives active in Tempe, such as Alphabet's Waymo.

In October, BlackBerry QNX launched testing of a self-driving auto in Ottawa with what was billed as the first on-street test of an autonomous vehicle in Canada after opening an innovation centre in late 2016.

The California Department of Motor Vehicles mandates that companies testing self-driving prototypes apply for a $150 permit that designates the cars as test vehicles.

"This tragic accident underscores why we need to be exceptionally cautious when testing and deploying autonomous vehicle technologies on public roads", he said.

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