Tempe police are investigating a fatal crash between a self-driving Uber car and a pedestrian.

Tempe Police says the vehicle was in autonomous mode at the time of the crash and a vehicle operator was also behind the wheel. No passengers were in the vehicle at the time.

Uber has paused self-driving operations in Phoenix, Pittsburgh, San Francisco and Toronto, which is a standard move, the company says.

Bloomberg notes the woman was crossing the road outside of a crosswalk when the Uber vehicle, operating in autonomous mode under the supervision of a human safety driver, struck her, according to the Tempe Police Department.

Bicyclist or Pedestrian?

Several stories say a bicyclist was killed, others say a pedestrian. It may have been a pedestrian walking a bicycle.


Here's the answer.

The fact remains that driverless cars have a better safety record than human-driven cars. Also, recall there was a safety driver behind the wheel who could have but didn't take over.

Had this not involved an autonomous car, this would not be in any news.

These Tweets are from people who have the correct attitude.

This was bound to happen at some point and it is hardly surprising that Uber is the company. However, It's highly likely no one is to blame but the woman stepping in front of a car.

Mike "Mish" Shedlock

Kroger Starts Driverless Delivery Test in Arizona, GM Targets 2019

Kroger teems up with Nuro, a car with no steering wheel or brake pedals, for driverless delivery in Arizona.

Portland Says Yes to Testing Driverless Cars, Other Cities Will Follow: Mass Adoption When?

Finding driverless-friendly cities that allow car makers to test their technology has been one of the challenges facing the driverless industry.

Uber vs Waymo: Another Look at the Fatal Crash

In the wake of a fatal crash, let's take a look at the intervention stats of Uber vs Waymo.

Waymo Orders 20,000 Electric Jaguar SUVs for Driverless Fleet

One day after Arizona’s governor suspended Uber’s autonomous vehicle testing, Waymo announced a billion dollar deal.

Japan Expects Driverless Taxis by 2020; UK Testing Fleets of Driverless Trucks.

Driverless taxis, driverless trucks, and totally unstaffed grocery stores are in the news. In the “already here” category, Sweden boasts the first unstaffed grocery store. In the UK, fleet testing of driverless trucks begins in 2017. In Japan, 2020 is the deadline date for driverless taxis.

Major Taxi Disruption on Horizon: California Driverless Cars by April

Driverless cars, with no person in the vehicle, may come to California as soon as April if rules are approved Monday.

Humans Cause Waymo Crash

A human driver swerved to avoid another car. The result was a crash with a Waymo vehicle.

This Ride Will be Different: Completely Driverless Has Arrived

Have the car to yourself. Completely driverless commercial cars are now in operation.

Uber Not At Fault Says Police Chief, Hyundai Rolls Back Plans

A woman in a posted no-walk zone stepped in front of a car and was killed. Videos show the driver had no time to react.