Uber has suspended its self-driving auto program in the United States and Canada after a woman was struck and killed by an autonomous sport utility vehicle while crossing the street in Arizona.
Ride-sharing giant Uber said Monday it is suspending its self-driving auto program after one of the vehicles struck and killed a pedestrian in the USA state of Arizona.
Company CEO Dara Khosrowshahi tweeted the following in response to the incident.
The testing has been going on for months as automakers and technology companies compete to be the first with the technology.
An Arizona woman has become the first pedestrian to be killed by a self-driving vehicle. The operator has not been identified; it's unclear if any passengers were inside the vehicle.
The mini cab hailing app firm suspended its autonomous vehicle programme across the United States and Canada.
Outside Phoenix, Arizona, in a suburb called Tempe, a self-driving Uber SUV struck a woman around 10 PM on Sunday night. However, since its inception, the self-driving cars have been involved in two major accidents.
Uber said it would suspend its self-driving auto programs throughout the USA and Canada. The company's fleet of self-driving Volvos were banned in California due to safety concerns in 2016, though they returned after the city backed down.
The millions of miles driven without major incidents by self-driving cars from companies like Waymo and General Motors may support the idea that autonomous vehicles are - even in a primitive state - safer than those driven by humans.
Update: According to the Verge, "The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board has opened an investigation into the crash and is sending a small team to Tempe". It suspended its testing in Arizona past year after another crash.