Ride-sharing tech company Uber has recently released a statement saying that the testing of autonomous cars in Toronto, Pheonix, San Fransico and Pittsburgh is on pause. This news comes after a fatal pedestrian accident that occurred last night in Tempe Arizona.
CBC is reporting that the pause is due to the indications that a self-driving Uber Vehicle in Tempe struck a woman who was walking on the street leaving her with fatal injuries. The self-driving car was in autonomous mode with a human behind the wheel but nonetheless ended up being involved in an accident.
According to the report, the vehicle was travelling northbound when a female walking outside the designated crosswalk area crossed the road from west to east and was fatally struck.
The New York Times is reporting that this may be the first known fatality involving a pedestrian.
Source: The CBC