An Uber self-driving car hit and killed a woman in Tempe, Arizona, Sunday night, an incident that might deliver a setback to the otherwise feverish development of autonomous transportation. The Uber car was in self-driving mode when the accident occurred, but had a safety driver at the wheel as is the norm when testing such vehicles, according to local police.
Uber issued a statement saying that it was “fully cooperating with local authorities.” In wake of the incident, the ride-hailing company has temporarily halted its self-driving testing in Pittsburgh, San Francisco and Toronto, as is its policy following any accident.
The woman, who has not yet been named, was crossing outside the designated crosswalk at about 10 p.m. when she was hit, police said.
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