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First pedestrian fatality by Uber self-driving car in Arizona

20 March 2018, 04:37 | Gina Pena

Uber self-driving test car involved in accident resulting in pedestrian death Darrell Etherington @ 7 hours

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The Uber vehicle was reported to be in autonomous mode when the accident occurred, with a human operator behind the wheel.

Uber has suspended its self-driving vehicle program in Tempe as well as in Pittsburgh, San Francisco and Toronto following a fatal accident on Mill Avenue Sunday night.

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. "We're fully cooperating with Tempe Police and local authorities as they investigate this incident".

Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi tweeted out her condolences.

According to Bloomberg News, in response to the death, Uber suspended driverless testing in Pittsburgh, San Francisco, Toronto and the greater Phoenix area.

A similar Uber vehicle was involved in a nonfatal crash a little over a year ago in Tempe, and a GM self-driving auto injured a motorcyclist in San Francisco's Haight District in December.

The victim was taken to hospital but died from her injuries.

Starting on April 2, companies in California that are testing self-driving vehicles will be able to deploy cars that do not have a driver behind the wheel.

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The first deadly self-driving auto accident was reported in mid-2016, and involved a Tesla. The outlet also reports that the Uber vehicle was not transporting a passenger at the time of the accident.

Uber has been testing the self-driving vehicles in Tempe and Phoenix for months.

Autonomous vehicle technology promises to dramatically reduce collisions and improve street safety in time.

Police said Uber is assisting in the investigation.

Sunday's accident was the first fatal self-driving vehicle crash involving a pedestrian.

One of the self-driving cars was involved in a crash a month later, after a auto failed to yield to the Uber vehicle and hit it, authorities said.

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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