Fatal Uber Crash Delays Technology

Uber suspends self-driving car testing after cyclist is killed

A self driving Volvo vehicle, purchased by Uber, moves through an intersection in Scottsdale, Arizona, U.S., December 1, 2017.

"There will no doubt be an exhaustive investigation of the tragic incident involving an Uber self-driving vehicle and a pedestrian", Akshay Anand, an analyst at Kelley Blue Book, said in an emailed statement.

Sunday's crash was not the first involving Uber's self-driving vehicles, nor its first in Tempe. Self-driving cars have been involved in minor accidents, but almost all have been blamed on human motorists hitting the autonomous vehicle. Convincing people of the safety and fail-proofness of self-driving technology will be one of the biggest challenges for all companies involved going forward.

There was an accident in Arizona one year ago involving a self-driving Uber vehicle, but authorities found it was caused by another auto, according to the newspaper. Operators do not need to file detailed public reports on incidents, as they do in California, but companies are expected to submit information to help authorities develop a protocol on how to interact with the vehicles. Safety regulators later determined Tesla was not at fault.

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The Maricopa County Attorney's Office in Phoenix said it was awaiting the results of an investigation by Tempe police before reviewing whether any charges should be filed.

Jason Levine, executive director, Center for Auto Safety, a USA advocacy group, predicted that the accident would set consumer confidence in driverless technology back by years "if not decades". The ride-hailing company said it didn't think it needed to obtain permits, because they never had and didn't feel like it was necessary to conduct its tests.

TWU National Secretary Tony Sheldon says it's "critically important" trials of driverless cars be done in controlled environments, not on public roads.

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