Arizona bans Uber's self-driving cars after fatal crash

Arizona governor said dashcam video raised questions about Uber's ability to continue testing in the state

Uber previously said it's pausing self-driving auto tests in every city following the incident that is believed to be the first known death caused by an autonomous vehicle operating on public roads.

Waymo CEO John Krafcik addressed a fatal collision involving a self-driving Uber auto in Tempe, Arizona, during a question-and-answer session Saturday at the National Automobile Dealers Association convention in Las Vegas. Shashua, who has written about the safety of autonomous vehicles before, doesn't go so far as to say his technology would have saved Herzberg, but he does point out that the sensors and software they used on the low-quality video is a "basic build block" for autonomous driving.

The governor of Arizona on Monday said he was suspending Uber's ability to test of self-driving cars on the state's roads following a fatal accident involving a pedestrian earlier this month.

The move by the Republican governor marks a major step back from his embrace of self-driving vehicles.

Uber has previously tested autonomous vehicles in California and Pennsylvania, in addition to Arizona.

The video, which stops at the moment of impact, also shows the vehicle operator, Rafaela Vasquez, sitting at the wheel constantly glancing down at her lap.

The fatal collision on March 18 in Tempe, Arizona, has raised questions about the safety of autonomous technology in general, and of Uber's system specifically, of which few details are known.

A still image taken from video, shows investigators at the scene of the accident involving an Uber auto on March 19.

Police in Tempe released a 22-second video showing a woman walking from a darkened area onto a street just before an Uber SUV strikes her. Her next of kin has not been notified yet so her name is not being released at this time.

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