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Uber stops self-driving car tests after woman’s death

SAMAA | - Posted: Mar 20, 2018 | Last Updated: 2 years ago
SAMAA |
Posted: Mar 20, 2018 | Last Updated: 2 years ago
Uber stops self-driving car tests after woman’s death

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Uber suspended self-driving car tests in all North American cities after a 49-year-old woman was hit by such a car and killed

According to a BBC report, she was hit while crossing the street in Tempe, Arizona.

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

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

Police said the accident happened Sunday night while the car was in autonomous mode. A human monitor was also behind the wheel.

Police said the woman, Elaine Herzberg, had not been using a pedestrian crossing. She was taken to a local hospital, where she died.

Uber started testing driverless cars in Pittsburgh in 2016.

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