Uber Suspends Self-Driving Car Tests After Pedestrian Killed

Uber is temporarily suspending its self-driving car pilot program following an accident in Arizona that killed a pedestrian.

According to Tempe police, 49-year-old Elaine Herzberg was hit and killed by a self-driving Uber Volvo XC90 on Sunday evening while crossing the street. The SUV was in autonomous mode with a vehicle operator present, but there were no passengers. Police responded to the scene around 10 p.m. and the victim died later at a local hospital.

“Our hearts go out to the victim’s family. We are fully cooperating with local authorities in their investigation of this incident,” Uber said in a statement.

It’s believed to be the first pedestrian death caused by a self-driving car. The National Transportation Safety Board will be investigating.

Uber is also testing self-driving vehicles in San Francisco, Pittsburgh, Phoenix, and Toronto. Those programs will also be put on hold.

It’s not the first accident involving an Uber self-driving vehicle.  One of Uber’s Volvo XC90’s was involved in an accident in Tempe last year. The driver of another car didn’t yield and hit the Volvo, causing it to roll over on its side. The Uber was deemed not at fault in that accident.

Credit: Uber

 

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