Self-driving Car Claims First Fatality
Arizona police reported last Monday that a self-driving Uber had killed a 49-year old woman crossing the street in the Phoenix suburb of Tempe, making it the first ever death caused by an autonomous vehicle.
U.S. lawmakers have already been debating legislation that would hasten the introduction of self-driving cars. However, the incident is expected to deal a significant setback to the technology, with Uber suspending self-driving car tests currently being conducted in Arizona, Pittsburgh and Toronto.
Transportation committee member Senator Edward Markey said that the accident highlighted the need for exceptional cautiousness when testing and deploying autonomous vehicles on public roads.