Uber suspends autonomous auto testing after fatal crash

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Uber grounds Pittsburgh self-driving fleet after woman killed in Arizona crash

A self-driving Uber vehicle struck and killed a pedestrian in a Phoenix suburb in the first fatality involving a fully autonomous test vehicle, prompting the ride-hailing company Monday to suspend all road-testing of such autos in the US and Canada. Despite being rushed to hospital, she later died from her injuries.

They released the following statement: "Our hearts go out to the victim's family". Uber's CEO, Dara Khosrowshahi, personally tweeted his condolences when hearing about Herzberg's unfortunate death.

Uber has paused self-driving operations in Phoenix, Pittsburgh, San Francisco and Toronto, which is a standard move, the company says.

Uber also said it's cooperating with Tempe police in the investigation.

Police said Uber is assisting in the investigation.

According to Bloomberg Technology, the autonomous vehicle (AV) was part of Uber's real-world test program and had a human safety driver behind the wheel.

AZFamily.com is reporting that the NTSB is sending an accident review team to Arizona to investigate the accident.

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A self-driving Uber vehicle struck and killed a pedestrian in a late-night accident in Tempe, Ariz.

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

About 100 of the company's 200 self-driving vehicles are used north of Tempe, a spokesperson said. Uber said it has stopped testing the vehicles throughout the United States and Canada.

Uber's self-driving technology uses cameras and radars to detect its surroundings, which the company hopes will allow it to one day operate in all driving environments. Last year, a crash in Arizona led to a temporary testing halt, and in 2016, Uber temporarily paused development after a self-driving vehicle ran a red light.

An Uber vehicle drives through LaGuardia Airport in New York, March 15, 2017. In most cases, these accidents have been attributed to the drivers of the other vehicles involved.

The mini cab hailing app firm suspended its autonomous vehicle programme across the U.S. and Canada.

In 2016, Tesla employee Joshua Brown was killed while operating an Autopilot vehicle for the company, but was behind the wheel.

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