Per information known, Uber has been operating in the Phoenix area for five years, and has grown to more than 1,000 employees and 15,000 contractors.
On Sunday night, a woman was struck and killed by a self-driving Uber as she crossed at Mill Avenue near Curry Road at about 10 p.m. The Ubder vehicle was on autonomous mode with a driver behind the wheel when it hit the pedestrian. The woman died at a local hospital.
While Uber has not confirmed the vehicle was in autonomous mode, its operations of self-driving cars have been shut down, similar to previous accidents.
This appears to be the first fatality involving an autonomous car in Arizona.
The legal claims for this type of crash is complicated; precise legal arguments will have to be made to hold Uber responsible.
The biggest issue with autonomous vehicles is the unavailability of a driver to serve or have that last clear chance to avoid the crash. Machines are good, but they completely remove the human response element.
(Note: Tesla requires drivers to keep hands on the wheel and offers its technology to anyone who purchases one of its cars.)
Tempe police are still investigating what caused the collision.
We will be monitoring this one closely.