An Uber driverless Ford Fusion drives in Pittsburgh on Sept. 22, 2016. Uber on Monday suspended its self-driving tests after a pedestrian was killed by an autonomous Uber in Tempe, Ariz.
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A self-driving car operated by Uber struck and killed a pedestrian in Tempe, Ariz., Sunday night. The incident could be the first pedestrian death involving a self-driving vehicle.
Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi referenced the “incredibly sad news out of Arizona” in a tweet and reaffirmed that the company will cooperate with local law enforcement.
The National Transportation Safety Board said it was sending a team to investigate the incident.
The incident is not the first fatal crash involving autonomous technology. In May 2016 a Tesla Model S struck a tractor-trailer on a Florida highway, killing the Tesla’s driver. Government investigators highlighted an “overreliance on vehicle automation” as a contributor to the crash.
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