Crash marks 1st death involving self-driving vehicle

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The death of a woman who was struck by a self-driving Uber SUV as she crossed a street in suburban Phoenix is the event that many in the auto and technology industries had been dreading.

The crash on Sunday night in Tempe marked the first death involving a fully autonomous test vehicle and could have far-reaching consequences for the new technology.

The crash led Uber to immediately suspend all road-testing of such autos in the Phoenix area, Pittsburgh, San Francisco and Toronto.

The Volvo was in self-driving mode with a human backup driver at the wheel when it hit 49-year-old Elaine Herzberg.

Sgt. Ronald Elcock, a Tempe police spokesman, said it’s too early to draw conclusions on blame.

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