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Toyota suspends autonomous vehicle testing in USA after Uber crash

Toyota suspends autonomous vehicle testing in USA after Uber crash

Toyota said it was temporarily pausing its testing on U.S. public roads to help its test drivers, who could be experiencing "an emotional effect" from the incident. Toyota spokesman Brian Lyons did not say how long the program would remain suspended.

In a statement, Tempe mayor Mark Mitchell said the crash was "tragic" and the community grieves for Herzberg. A self-driving Uber Volvo XC90 sport-utility vehicle killed 49-year-old Elaine Herzberg as she crossed the street with her bicycle Sunday night, according to the Tempe Police Department.

The police department's preliminary investigation showed that the Uber vehicle, operated by 44-year-old Rafael Vasquez, was traveling at approximately 40 miles per hour at the time of the accident and did not attempt to slow down, according to Elcock.

Uber stopped its self-driving cars test in the Phoenix area as well as San Francisco, Toronto, and Pittsburgh because of the accident, believed to be the country's first pedestrian death involving an autonomous vehicle, according to the Arizona Republic. A case in which a motorcyclist sued General Motors after a collision a year ago with one of the company's autonomous test cars in San Francisco is pending.

Many futurists predict that fully autonomous cars will make up the majority of vehicles by 2040, potentially making a driver's license and insurance obsolete.

Members of Congress passed the SELF DRIVE act, giving the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration the power to regulate vehicle design and performance, but state governments ultimately have the authority over registration and licensing. Investigators will be in Tempe for the rest of the week and will not release findings until reviews of information from the scene and analysis of vehicle data are finished, the agency said.

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This week's accident in Tempe, Arizona, likely won't ease that concern. The autonomous vehicles normally filling the parking lot outside were nowhere to be seen.

Almost a year ago, an Uber self-driving vehicle was involved in a different crash in Tempe when an Uber rolled onto its side.

The outcome of the investigations in Arizona will be pivotal for companies racing to profit from robo-taxi services and automated delivery vehicles.

Uber had been ferrying customers in self-driving cars in limited parts of Tempe and Scottsdale during their self-driving trial, the Republic said. GM, through its Cruise Automation unit, has said it plans to launch a robo-taxi service next year, and said on Tuesday it stood by that timeline.

Analysts and experts said the fatality involving Uber could slow progress towards deployment in the sector.

CNN reported that Waymo, the self-driving arm of Google's parent company, is launching a public self-driving vehicle service this year in the Phoenix, Arizona, while GM's Cruise and Intel are also testing in Arizona.

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