Uber is suspending its self-driving car operations after a pedestrian was struck and killed by one of Uber’s self-driving vehicles in Arizona overnight.
Uber has been testing its self-driving vehicles in the Phoenix area for months, and also has testing programs in Pittsburgh, San Francisco and Toronto.
Police said Monday the vehicle involved in the fatality was in autonomous mode at the time, with an operator behind the wheel. It was heading north in the Phoenix suburb of Tempe when it hit a woman walking outside a crosswalk.
Police say she died from her injuries at a local hospital. Police say her family hasn’t been notified yet, so they’re not releasing her name.
In a statement, a company spokesperson said, “Our hearts go out to the victim’s family. We are fully cooperating with local authorities in their investigation of this incident.”
Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi also took to Twitter, writing: “Some incredibly sad news out of Arizona. We’re thinking of the victim’s family as we work with local law enforcement to understand what happened.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 5,376 pedestrians were killed by cars in 2015. This is believed to be the first fatal accident involving a self-driving vehicle.
In addition to Uber, Google’s self-driving car division, Waymo, and several major automakers are also developing autonomous vehicle technology. Uber recently paid Waymo a reported $245 million to settle a lawsuit alleging stolen trade secrets.