According to reports, a pedestrian died after being run over by an autonomous Uber vehicle in Arizona, according to ABC 15. In response, Uber has removed all of its driverless cars from public roads in the state and cities of San Francisco. , Toronto and Pittsburgh.
The accident occurred near Mill Avenue and Curry Road early Monday morning in Tempe, Arizona, the channel reports. The Uber vehicle reportedly headed north when a woman walking outside the pedestrian crossing was hit. The woman was taken to the hospital where she later died from her injuries. Early reports suggested that she may have been a cyclist, but that may not be the case.
"Our hearts are with the victim's family," an Uber spokesman told The Verge. "We are cooperating fully with the local authorities in their investigation of this incident."
Uber confirms that the vehicle was traveling in autonomous mode with a safety driver behind the wheel during the crash. That would make the pedestrian one of the first known victims of a crash that involves a car without a driver.
Update March 19, 12:58 PM ET: Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi tweeted his condolences to the victim's family.
Some incredibly sad news from Arizona. We are thinking about the victim's family while we work with the local police to understand what happened. https://t.co/cwTCVJjEuz- dara khosrowshahi (@dkhos) March 19, 2018