Arizona Woman Becomes First Pedestrian Killed by Driverless Car

Arizona Woman Becomes First Pedestrian Killed by Driverless Car

Arizona Woman Becomes First Pedestrian Killed by Driverless Car

The victim died in hospital following the incident in Tempe last night, 18 March 2018, when the Uber auto hit her while operating in autonomous mode, according to police.

According to police, Uber's vehicle was driving itself, although it had a human pilot behind the wheel, when it hit a woman crossing the street in Tempe, Arizona. She was not using a crosswalk at the time of the accident, police said (abc5) Police attend the scene of the fatal collision in Tempe, Az., on Monday. She was immediately transported to a local hospital, where she died.

Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi also expressed sadness following today's events.

We've reached out to Uber for additional information but the company has already released a short statement on Twitter saying "Our hearts go out to the victim's family".

Bloomberg reported that the company had suspended all driverless vehicles in Pittsburgh, San Francisco, Toronto and the greater Phoenix following the incident and pending an investigation.

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The death of a pedestrian at the hands of a self-driving auto will no doubt cause some backlash, but even with a fatality now on the record books, supporters will argue that autonomous vehicles are not statistically more risky than human drivers.

In a statement, Uber said it was cooperating fully with local authorities. And this month, California announced that from April it would allow companies to test autonomous vehicles without anyone behind the wheel.

Uber has previously suspended its autonomous vehicle program twice.

An Uber self-driving auto on the road in San Francisco on March 28, 2017.

Meanwhile, Waymo, the self-driving arm of Google's parent company, is launching a public self-driving vehicle service this year in the Phoenix, Arizona, area. There was an operator in the driver's seat of the vehicle at the time of the incident although it is unknown whether any attempt was made to avoid a collision. In most cases, these accidents have been attributed to the drivers of the other vehicles involved. In 2016, a man driving a Tesla was killed while its autopilot system was activated.

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