Pedestrian's Shocking Death By Self-Driving Uber Car Confirms Everyone's Worst Fears

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March 19, 2018

A woman in Tempe Arizona was killed by a self-driving Uber car as she crossed the street in Tempe, Arizona, a suburb of Phoenix.

Even though a human "safety driver" was at the wheel, the vehicle was, reportedly, in the "autonomous mode" meaning the driver was not controlling it at the time of the accident.

According to the New York Times, "'The Uber vehicle was in autonomous mode with a human safety driver at the wheel when it struck the woman, who was crossing the street outside of a crosswalk,' the Tempe police said in a statement.

"The episode occurred overnight, although the authorities did not specify whether it was late Sunday or early Monday. The woman was not publicly identified."

An investigation is underway and Uber is said to be fully cooperating.

According to NPR, the company said it had suspended testing of its self-driving cars in Tempe, Pittsburgh, San Francisco and Toronto until further information can be discovered about the incident.

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This is the first fatality on public streets reported since the new technology was implemented in 2016.

The story is developing, so be sure to check back for additional details as they become available.

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