Uber settles with victim's family after fatal self-driving auto crash

Governor Ducey has suspended Uber from testing self-driving vehicles after a deadly pedestrian crash

Toyota and chipmaker Nvidia also have suspended self-driving vehicle testing on public roads as they and other companies await the results of the investigation. He then pushed through a law legalizing ride-hailing services like Uber and Lyft, a move his Republican predecessor vetoed the year before. Look to Uber's travail in Tempe as the latest example. San Francisco-based Uber told the Agence France-Presse (AFP) news agency that it decided not to reapply for a permit needed to operate autonomous vehicles on California roads.

It is true that since at least 2015, Ducey has offered prominent support for autonomous vehicles in general. This week, Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey added to Uber's woes by suspending its driverless testing program in his state, calling the March 18 incident "an unquestionable failure" to safely test self-driving cars. The program doesn't also have as much real-world testing experience as its rivals do like Waymo.

Toyota North America Chief Executive Jim Lentz said the company expects to "soon" resume testing of self-driving vehicles, while warning that the ongoing risks will affect the industry's progress. When they will be completed remains anyone's guess.

Cristina Perez Hesano, an attorney with the firm of Bellah Perez in Glendale, Arizona, said "the matter has been resolved" between Uber and the daughter and husband of Elaine Herzberg, 49, who died after being hit by an Uber self-driving SUV while walking across a street in the Phoenix suburb of Tempe earlier this month. "It was well known that companies were operating self-driving cars".

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Ducey lured Uber with the promise of hassle-free test driving.

A spokesperson for Uber declined to comment.

The lidar system made by Velodyne - one of the top suppliers of sensors for self-driving vehicles - sees objects in a 360-degree circle around the auto, but has a narrow vertical range that prevents it from detecting obstacles low to the ground, according to information on Velodyne's website as well as former employees who operated the Uber SUVs.

"Dara and I both know all of you have been through a lot of change, and that is not easy", Meyhofer wrote in the email obtained by Bloomberg. "From the beginning, Arizona has been very public about the testing and operation of self-driving cars - it has been anything but a secret". "This bombshell report further exposes the mismanagement by Governor Ducey and his sheer priority to put business relationships ahead of Arizona".

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