One of Uber’s self-driving vehicles struck and killed a pedestrian in Arizona early on Monday morning.
The incident occurred in the early morning on March 19th in the Tempe suburb of Phoenix, Arizona.
According to Tempe Police Sergeant Ronald Elcock, a woman was crossing the street outside of a crosswalk when she was struck by the self-driving Uber vehicle. The unidentified woman was then transported to a nearby hospital, where she later died of her injuries.
Our hearts go out to the victim’s family. We’re fully cooperating with @TempePolice and local authorities as they investigate this incident.
— Uber Comms (@Uber_Comms) March 19, 2018
The self-driving Uber was in autonomous mode with a person in the driver’s seat as a precaution at the time of the crash. That driver’s name has also not been released, reported CNBC.
Some incredibly sad news out of Arizona. We’re thinking of the victim’s family as we work with local law enforcement to understand what happened. https://t.co/cwTCVJjEuz
— dara khosrowshahi (@dkhos) March 19, 2018
Uber soon issued a statement assuring that they are cooperating with local authorities and that they have paused the testing of their self-driving vehicles in all participating cities.
The incident is still under investigation.