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Uber Halts Self-Driving Tests After Vehicle Kills Pedestrian

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March 19, 2018—A female pedestrian was killed after being struck by an autonomous Uber vehicle in Arizona, according to The Verge.

In response, Uber has pulled all of its self-driving cars from public roads in the state as well as in the cities of San Francisco, Toronto and Pittsburgh.

The crash occurred near Mill Avenue and Curry Road early Monday morning in Tempe, Arizona, police confirm. The Uber vehicle was headed northbound when a woman walking outside of the crosswalk was struck. The woman was taken to the hospital, where she later died from her injuries.

Early reports suggested that she may have been a bicyclist, but that was not the case.

Police have identified her as 49-year-old Elaine Herzberg.

“Our hearts go out to the victim’s family,” an Uber spokesperson told The Verge. “We are fully cooperating with local authorities in their investigation of this incident.”

Uber confirms that the vehicle was traveling in autonomous mode with a safety driver behind the wheel during the crash. That would make the pedestrian one of the first known victims of a crash involving a self-driving car.

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