Woman killed by self-driving Uber car identified, as company suspends testing

Uber grounds Pittsburgh self-driving fleet after woman killed in Arizona crash

An Uber self-driving car struck and killed a woman in Tempe, Arizona, on Monday in the first known death of a pedestrian by an autonomous vehicle. An investigation is expected to determine what, precisely, caused the accident, but the mere fact that it happened is already causing much speculation.

The victim was hospitalised and later died from her injuries.

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) will send a small team of investigators to Arizona to gather information about the Uber crash. We are aware of the Uber crash in Arizona, but we have not been briefed on the details of the crash at this time.

Ducey's office expressed sympathy for Herzberg's family and said safety is the top priority. "There is a complete and utter vacuum on safety".

A woman has been killed in Arizona overnight, after being struck by a self-driving Uber prototype operating in autonomous mode.

Safety advocates say the Tempe fatality shows that Congress shouldn't let automakers sell self-driving vehicles until they can prove that they are safe for occupants, other drivers, and pedestrians.

Uber will have to answer questions about the reliability of its self-driving cars.

"Everyone recognized that someone was going to die in a crash involving an autonomous vehicle eventually", Bryant Walker Smith, a law professor at the University of South Carolina who studies risks in automated driving systems, told NBC News.

The number of states considering legislation related to autonomous vehicles gradually has increased each year, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. He updated that mandate earlier this month to allow testing of unmanned self-driving cars, noting that a "business-friendly and low regulatory environment" had helped the state's economy. Companies such as GM's Cruise and Intel are also testing in the state.

So-called robot cars, when fully developed by companies including Uber, Alphabet Inc and General Motors Co, are expected to drastically cut down on motor vehicle fatalities and create billion-dollar businesses.

The Associated Press is the essential global news network, delivering fast, unbiased news from every corner of the world to all media platforms and formats. How soon auto and tech companies are able to turn self-driving cars from a possibility into a reality will depend on how they deal with the growing pains along the way.

Since the moment autonomous vehicles were rolled out, their creators - notably, Elon Musk - have made a point of sending the message out with them that this technology can actually be safer than letting a human control a car. "I think this is a wake-up call to say that if we want to see the benefits of this technology, we've got to have everybody at the table to decide how exactly we want this technology to go forward or what is an acceptable level of risk".

This isn't the first futuristic car involved in a fatal crash.

Concerns over the safety of autonomous vehicles flared after a July 2016 fatality involving a Tesla Inc automobile with a partially autonomous system that required human supervision.

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