UBER has been forced to suspend its testing of self-driving cars after a woman was hit and killed by one of its vehicles in Arizona.
It’s understood the car was in autonomous mode when it struck the woman, aged 49, around 10.00pm Sunday local time.
According to Tempe Police, there was a human operator in the car at the time but no passengers.
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The National Transportation Safety Board confirmed they were investigating the tragic accident in a statement on their website.
“The NTSB is sending a team to Tempe, Arizona, to investigate the fatal collision of an Uber vehicle and a pedestrian that occurred on Sunday” the statement reads.
“The Uber vehicle was part of the company’s self-driving fleet of vehicles. The investigation will address the vehicle’s interaction with the environment, other vehicles and vulnerable road users such as pedestrians and bicyclists.”
Uber’s CEO Dara Khosrowshahi also took to social media to confirm the company was working with authorities to determine what occurred.
“Some incredibly sad news out of Arizona,’ he wrote.
“We’re thinking of the victim’s family as we work with local law enforcement to understand what happened.”
Some incredibly sad news out of Arizona. We’re thinking of the victim’s family as we work with local law enforcement to understand what happened. https://t.co/cwTCVJjEuz
— dara khosrowshahi (@dkhos) March 19, 2018
The incident is believed to be the first pedestrian death involving a self-driving vehicle in the US.