Arizona Governor Suspends Uber's Autonomous Program After Fatal Accident

An Uber car similar to this one was involved in the Tempe crash that killed a pedestrian

She later died in hospital, becoming the first person to be killed by an autonomous vehicle.

Testing of an I-PACE equipped with Waymo self-driving technology will begin later this year, and the goal is to make it part of a Waymo driverless transportation service, according to Jaguar. This week however, the governor of Arizona Douglas Ducey rescinded Uber's right to test AVs in the state.

Toyota and chipmaker Nvidia have also followed suit and announced that they will immediately be halting their self-driving technology tests on public roads.

Uber, which had already suspended operations on its own, said it would "keep a dialogue open" with Arizona.

California's Department of Motor Vehicles also sent Uber's public affairs manager Austin Heyworth a letter on March 27 stating Uber will not be allowed to test its autonomous vehicles on roads in the state as of March 31, because of not renewing the permit.

His staff set up meetings, helped steer Uber executives to Phoenix city officials as they tried to lift an airport ban, and got the governor's office to tweet its suggested message about a new service called "Uber eats" when it rolled out. An investigation into the accident by Uber and law enforcement is ongoing. In the meantime, Uber may choose to continue developing self-driving auto technology in private on closed courses.

On Wednesday, the governor's office did not substantively answer Ars' questions about the nature of its relationship with Uber, referring us instead to a two-page "point-by-point" rebuttal of The Guardian's story. "We often promote news of the thousands of jobs and opportunities coming to Arizona".

Elaine Herzberg, 49, was walking her bicycle across an intersection late in the evening of March 18 when she was struck by the autonomous vehicle, police said.

The Arizona Democratic Party blasted Ducey after the email revelations.

A Ducey executive order in August 2015 welcomed self-driving vehicles, promising light state oversight.

The fact that some experts have come out and stated that Uber's autonomous vehicle should've have been able to avoid the incident doesn't bode well for the company's tech, either. As a result, Gov. Ducey ordered the company to stop such testing in Arizona-Uber ended up pulling all of its autonomous vehicles off the streets in California, Pennsylvania, Arizona, and Toronto.

Uber has about 200 vehicles at all four testing locations.

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