The Arizona government announced that it would be suspending Uber’s ability to test its autonomous driving vehicle platform on public roads for the foreseeable future. This comes on the heels of the tragic event that happened in Phoenix where a forty nine year old woman was struck and killed by one of Uber’s self driving test vehicles. The woman was crossing a four lane road at night when she was struck and killed.
The Governor of Arizona released the letter which was sent to Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi publicly in which it stated that after reviewing the video that the policed released surrounding the crash were disturbing, alarming and raises the question as to if anyone should be allowed to perform real world test for self driving cars. The Governor further noted that the whole exercise was an unquestionable failure and why he suspended Uber’s licence. This stance by Governor Ducey is a bit of a departure from his previous points of view as he was previously on record as saying that Arizona would welcome Uber with open arms and open roads.