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First pedestrian death from a self-driving car causes Uber to suspend all autonomous car testing

By James Lu - on 20 Mar 2018, 3:33pm

First pedestrian death from a self-driving car causes Uber to suspend all autonomous car testing

Elaine Herzberg, a 49-year-old woman from Tempe, Arizona, USA was hit and killed by a self driving car as she crossed the street on Sunday night. In response, Uber has immediately suspended all of its self-driving car tests.

Arizona police said that the accident happened while the car was in autonomous mode. A human monitor was also behind the wheel. Police added that Herzberg was not crossing the road at a pedestrian crossing. She was taken to a local hospital, where she died.

While self-driving cars have been involved in multiple accidents, this is the first time an autonomous car has been involved in a fatal collision.

Uber chief Dara Khosrowshahi said the death was "incredibly sad news".

Source: Reuters

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