Uber stops self-driving car tests after pedestrian death in Arizona

A self-driving Uber vehicle struck and killed a pedestrian in Tempe, Ariz., March 18, and the company is stopping autonomous vehicle tests across the country as it cooperates with local authorities investigating the accident, according to CNBC.

There was a vehicle operator in the car at the time of the accident, but no passengers. Many believe this to be the first pedestrian fatality related to a self-driving car. Uber's test programs in Phoenix, San Francisco, Pittsburgh and Toronto have been suspended in the wake of the incident.

"Our hearts go out to the victim's family. We are fully cooperating with local authorities in their investigation of this incident," Uber said in a statement, according to CNBC.

The National Transportation Safety Board is also investigating the crash. Uber suspended the same program in March 2017 after a non-fatal traffic accident involving a self-driving car in Arizona.

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