Uber abruptly halted testing of its autonomous vehicles across North America on Monday, after a 49-year old woman was struck and killed by one of its cars while crossing a Tempe, Arizona, street Sunday night.
The moratorium on testing includes San Francisco, Phoenix, Pittsburgh and Toronto. Sunday’s crash was believed to be the first fatality in any testing program involving autonomous vehicles.
The National Transportation Safety Board opened an investigation into the crash, NTSB spokesman Eric Weiss said.
Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi said in a tweet that the company was working to learn what went wrong.
“Some incredibly sad news out of Arizona,” he said. “We’re thinking of the victim’s family as we work with local law enforcement to understand what happened.”
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