Pedestrian hit and killed by self-driving car in US

Self-Driving Uber Car Kills Arizona Pedestrian

An autonomous test vehicle being tested by Uber struck and killed a woman in Tempe, Arizona early Monday, marking what appears to be the first pedestrian killed by an autonomous vehicle, reports The New York Times.

Uber is halting self-driving auto tests in San Francisco Monday after a fatal crash in Tempe, Arizona overnight, the company confirmed.

The vehicle involved in the crash was one of Uber's many Volvo XC90s, which have been modified to accept Uber's autonomous hardware and software.

A tweet from Uber chief executive Dara Khosrowshahi expressed condolences to the victim's family.

Uber has self-driving cars in Phoenix, Pittsburgh, San Francisco and Toronto.

That fear became a reality last night for Uber as one of its self-driving vehicles killed a pedestrian in Tempe, Arizona.

"The woman, whose name hasn't been released, died of her injuries at a hospital".

Nearly exactly one year ago, Uber suspended its self-driving testing in Arizona following a crash (see video).

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This tragic accident could be the first death involved with a self-driving vehicle. There were no other passengers in the vehicle at the time.

Uber said it was "fully co-operating" with the investigation.

In 2017, Uber briefly pulled its vehicles from roads after an Uber self-driving vehicle in Tempe landed on its side. The vehicle was confirmed to be operating in self-driving mode at the time of the collision.

Rival Uber made a similar announcement, saying it is using self-driving semi trucks as part of an on-demand trucking service in Arizona.

The National Transportation Safety Board is also sending a team to investigate the crash.

The program was halted a year ago when a self-driving Volvo was involved in a crash in Arizona.

The millions of miles driven without major incidents by self-driving cars from companies like Waymo and General Motors may support the idea that autonomous vehicles are - even in a primitive state - safer than those driven by humans.

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