Arizona Governor Suspends Testing of Uber Self-Driving Cars

By Anna Breuer on 26 March 2018
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Arizona Governor Doug Ducey suspended Uber Technologies’ tests of self-driving cars in the state in the wake of a fatal accident on March 18 in Tempe.

The accident was an “unquestionable failure” to meet public-safety expectations, the governor said in a letter to Dara Khosrowshahi, the ride-hailing company’s CEO. Ducey had welcomed Uber’s test-driving program to the state in 2016 with open arms.

Uber discontinued all testing immediately following the accident, in which a self-driving Volvo struck and killed a pedestrian who was jaywalking and carrying a bicycle.

“Improving public safety has always been the emphasis of Arizona’s approach to autonomous vehicle testing, and my expectation is that public safety is also the top priority for all who operate this technology in the state of Arizona,” Ducey said in his letter.

Uber said it would “help investigators in any way we can,” and also promised to keep “a dialogue open with the Governor’s office to address any concerns they have.”

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