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Uber Halts Autonomous-Car Testing After Fatal Arizona Crash

March 19, 2018

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A self-driving car from Uber Technologies Inc. hit and killed a woman in Tempe, Arizona, on March 18 evening, what is likely the first pedestrian fatality involving a driverless vehicle.

The woman was crossing the road when the Uber vehicle, operating in autonomous mode, struck her, according to the Tempe Police Department. She was transferred to a local hospital where she died from her injuries. “Uber is assisting and this is still an active investigation,” Liliana Duran, a spokeswoman from the Tempe police, said in an emailed statement.

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