The Uber vehicle in question was in autonomous driving mode with a driver of human safety at the wheel, and the woman being beaten crossed the road outside a crosswalk, according to local police. At this time, no further details about the accident are available.
Uber cooperates with the Tempe Police and has currently suspended all of its self-driving vehicle tests in Tempe, Pittsburgh, San Francisco and Toronto. Uber's autonomous vehicles were previously involved in collisions, as were vehicles from other companies such as Tesla, but this is the first pedestrian accident that has resulted in a fatal accident.
This incident is likely to have far-reaching implications for all companies testing autonomous vehicles, including Apple, and may lead to more oversight and regulation.
Since last year, Apple has tested its autonomous vehicles on public roads in California near its headquarters in Cupertino. Apple vehicles, which have equipped a number of Lexus RX450h SUVs with a variety of sensors and cameras, have not yet been involved in known accidents.
To date, most autonomous vehicles in California and Arizona have used roadside security drivers to take control in an emergency, but California lifted that rule in February.
From April 2, companies in California testing self-driving vehicles can use cars that have no driver at the wheel. Arizona also allows testing of driverless cars in this state, and Waymo has been testing autonomous driverless minivans in Arizona since November.