A self-driving Uber just killed a pedestrian

Uber grounds Pittsburgh self-driving fleet after woman killed in Arizona crash

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.

A self-driving auto from Uber Technologies Inc. struck a woman who died Monday in Tempe, Ariz., in what is the first known fatality of a pedestrian from a driverless vehicle. During tests, a person sits behind the wheel as a safeguard.

Its chief executive Dara Khosrowshahi wrote on Twitter: "Some incredibly sad news out of Arizona".

Uber launched its self-driving research program in 2015 and had deployed cars on roads in Phoenix, Pittsburgh, San Francisco, and Toronto.

That fear became a reality last night for Uber as one of its self-driving vehicles killed a pedestrian in Tempe, Arizona.

Herzberg was taken to a hospital where she later died.

An Uber auto drives through LaGuardia Airport in New York, March 15, 2017. But auto and mobility companies will have to convince lawmakers and the public that accidents involving self-driving vehicles are anomalies rather than signs of technological flaws.

How Uber's self-driving car works

The National Transportation Safety Board said it is launching an investigation.

A SELF-DRIVING Uber vehicle has been involved in a fatal collision in Arizona. Uber said it has stopped testing the vehicles throughout the United States and Canada.

Police say the investigation does not at this time show significant signs of the SUV slowing before the crash.

Reports indicate while a driver was present behind the wheel, the auto was in autonomous mode at the time of the collision. In Michigan, Gov. Rick Snyder signed a bill allowing the testing of autonomous vehicles on Michigan roadways in late 2016.

The program was halted past year when a self-driving Volvo was involved in a crash in Arizona.

At the time, Arizona-based ABC 15 TV reported that a auto failed to stop before hitting and rolling the self-driving Volvo SUV. Self-driving crashes have happened in a number of situations, perhaps the most well-known was the accident in which a Tesla Model S being operated in Autopilot hit the broad side of a tractor-trailer, killing the Tesla occupant.

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