More than a week after one of Uber’s self-driving cars struck and killed a pedestrian in Arizona, government officials and technology firms have begun reconsidering their rapid deployment of some autonomous technology amid fears it’s not ready for public testing.
Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey (R) banned Uber’s self-driving cars from the state’s roads Monday, saying he was “very disturbed” by police video showing one of the company’s self-driving cars striking and killing a pedestrian in Tempe last week. The ban was limited to Uber, but it held special significance because Ducey had previously welcomed Uber’s testing in the state by pitting Arizona’s comparatively relaxed regulatory framework against neighboring California’s.
Separately, Uber agreed to discontinue testing its autonomous vehicles in California, according to a letter from the state Department of Motor Vehicles to the company, citing conversations with company executives. Uber’s permit to test its vehicles in the state expires March 31, and the company has no immediate plans to renew it, the letter said.