Woman dies after being hit by self-driving Uber
A woman has died after being hit by a self-driving Uber car in Tempe, Ariz.
The woman was reportedly struck by the car while walking through a crosswalk, according to local ABC affiliate KNXV. She was taken to the hospital but died from her injuries.
“Our hearts go out to the victim’s family. We are fully cooperating with local authorities in their investigation of this incident,” an Uber spokesperson said in an emailed statement.
The company is also halting all self-driving car tests in Phoenix, Pittsburgh, San Francisco and Toronto.
Tempe Police told KNXV that the vehicle was in autonomous mode at the time but a vehicle operator was behind the wheel monitoring the car.
Uber and other companies have been rolling out self-driving car fleets in various cities across the U.S. and in Canada over the past year.
This is the first self-driving car incident that resulted in a death.
The National Transportation Safety Board said it is launching an investigation into the accident.
This story was updated at 2:05 p.m.
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