A woman pedestrian in Tempe, Arizona, died after she was hit by a self-driving car operated by Uber. It is the first known pedestrian death caused by a self-driving car, and it is unclear whether it happened Sunday night or Monday morning.
The pedestrian was crossing the street but was not in the crosswalk. According to a statement issued by Tempe police, a human safety driver was at the wheel when the car was operating autonomously. Unfortunately, the driver and the car failed to react in time to prevent the fatality.
The woman’s name has not been released.
According to a report in , an Uber spokesman said the company is cooperating with local authorities. The company also said it is suspending the testing of its self-driving car program in Tempe, Pittsburgh, San Francisco, and Toronto.
This is not the first death due to autonomous driving. An Ohio man in a Tesla Model S died in Florida in 2016 when his Tesla hit a white semi truck while driving in the semi-autonomous Autopilot mode. The vehicle failed to see the white truck against the bright sky.
Uber is testing more than self-driving cars. The company has had a fleet of self-driving semi-trucks in operation in Arizona for a couple months after its acquisition of the company Otto.