Uber calls off self-driving tests after fatal car crash

Mar 20, 2018, 7:28 AM EDT
Uber has been testing self-driving cars in various North American cities.
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In the first reported incident of a self-driving car being involved in a fatal crash, one of Uber’s autonomous vehicles hit and killed a pedestrian crossing a street in Arizona.

The accident deals a blow to the technology advocates, who have been touting self-driving cars as a safer transport option, sparking an intense debate whether the time is ripe for such machines to share our roads, reports The Verge.

Uber, which urged the Congress to expedite the passage of a legislation clearing the way for the introduction of autonomous vehicles, has meanwhile suspended all its self-driving car tests in North America, notes ABC News.