Uber Halts Self Driving Car Program After Pedestrian Fatality


A self-driving car operated by Uber has hit and killed a woman in Tempe, Arizona, making it the first time ever a fatal accident has been caused by an autonomous vehicle (via Business Insider). Uber has since paused all its self-driving-car operations in Tempe, San Francisco, and Toronto, according to WPXI News.

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In a statement provided to journalists, the Tempe Police Department said that the vehicle was in self-driving mode at the time of the crash. The victim, who was not yet named as her next of kin had yet to be notified, was walking outside of the crosswalk when she was hit by the car.

Although the exact circumstances of the crash are still unknown, the police noted that there was a vehicle operator behind the wheel of Uber’s car at the time of the crash.

In a brief statement provided to Business Insider, Uber confirmed someone had died and said the company was cooperating with investigators. “Our hearts go out to the victim’s family. We are fully cooperating with local authorities in their investigation of this incident.” 

In a statement, the Tempe Police Department said: “We wanted to provide an update to the Uber accident that occurred overnight on Mill Ave. just south of Curry Rd. The vehicle involved is one of Uber’s self-driving vehicles. It was in autonomous mode at the time of the collision, with a vehicle operator behind the wheel. The vehicle was traveling northbound just south of Curry Rd. when a female walking outside of the crosswalk cross the road from west to east when she was struck by the Uber vehicle.”

The woman was transported to a local area hospital where she passed away from her injuries.


  • Manpreet Singh

    greed. whats the point of automation? avoid paying salary to real human being and take all the profits. I don’t know where the world is going with all this automation thing. Drone for mail delivery, scan and go grocery stores, automated cars, automated trucks.

  • Aleks Oniszczak

    This is true. However I don’t think automation is the problem per se – the problem is that there is no plan for what all the displaced workers are supposed to do. Our leaders are off playing golf and dressing up in costumes instead of dealing with this.

  • Joe

    You’re absolutely right Aleks, but what’s the solution? I don’t see how we’re going to create new jobs for millions upon millions of people. All types of jobs are threatened by automation.

    Stephen Hawking has a good quote on this:

    If machines produce everything we need, the outcome will depend on how things are distributed. Everyone can enjoy a life of luxurious leisure if the machine-produced wealth is shared, or most people can end up miserably poor if the machine-owners successfully lobby against wealth redistribution. So far, the trend seems to be toward the second option, with technology driving ever-increasing inequality.”

    Unfortunately, like Mr. Hawking said, the second option seems far more likely.

  • Alexis T

    Wut? I am sorry, but my generation which is typically called the Millenials are the ones creating these automated solutions. So we will be just fine thank you in terms of employment. Where as yours, which I presume is the generation before ours, will be the ones out of a job as your skill sets are rendered obsolete. So yeah, there is a reappripriation of monies.

    But it has absolutely nothing to do with greed.

  • The Left Wing

    Absolutely right Alexia. These old white men need to step aside and get out of the way now. It’s now a womens and LGTBQ2 world now. Our progressive Justin will keep us safe and sound. We won’t miss those old white hetro selfish hateful mens.

  • Manpreet Singh

    I’m not white and I’m not old. It’s a argument for mankind, oh sorry “peoplekind” lol

  • Aleks Oniszczak

    Yes, it’s the perfect quote to describe the situation. I guess a possible answer would be an Old-school-Star-Trek/Orville future where people work NOT to earn money – because their needs are met, but for some other goal – like obtaining new knowledge.

    We have people with such mediocre minds elected to office like Trump and Trudeau while people of the calibre of Stephen Hawking or Elon Musk would never be considered even if they tried.

    We need leaders who at least notice its a monumentally huge issue. We get some movement in that direction such as Obama’s “Hope” campaign that resonated with people – but it proved empty. Trump and Rob & Doug Ford notice there is a problem, but don’t seem to know what it is – and unhelpfully blame immigrants/foreigners for it. We’re governed by simpletons and we’ll probably enter a new Dark Age before we have an opportunity to start over and try again. I mean people think Last Jedi is a good movie… It’s going to be an uphill battle.

  • xxxJDxxx

    Guaranteed minimum income.

  • Stefan

    Such a troll