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Uber Halts Testing Of Self-Driving Cars After A Woman Is Hit And Killed In Arizona

Uber Halts Testing Of Self-Driving Cars After A Woman Is Hit And Killed In Arizona
Updated 2 months ago

Transportation, delivery, and ride-sharing giant Uber halted testing on its self-driving cars in four major cities after one of the autonomous vehicles struck and killed a woman in Arizona on Sunday night. Though the car was in autonomous mode at the time of the incident, an emergency backup driver was behind the wheel.

Uber is one of a growing number of companies investing in and researching driverless cars, which many purport could eventually be safer than conventional cars simply because the technology removes human error from the mix. Sunday night's accident is a reminder that autonomous cars still have a lot of advancements to make. Arizona, where the crash occurred, has been welcoming the vehicles' testing and investing in their promising future, even promoting leniency on a number of regulations.

Twitter users are divided. Some fear the new technology:

Others believe the possibilities outweigh the uncertainties and insist the cars are less risky than those with drivers:

Millions of people living today have gone from being unable to use the phone and internet simultaneously to having a computer in their pocket — all in the last fifteen years. If anyone should believe in the advancements technology can make in brief amounts of time, it's us. So how do we reconcile efficiency with fear when trusting technology with our lives? This is not the first time humans have had to face this ambivalence, but with nearly each advancement, including cars themselves, technology improves and our quality of life arguably gets better. Time will tell if Uber gets the chance to improve theirs.