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Police and regulators are still investigating a fatal crash involving an Uber self-driving auto that occurred last week in Tempe, Arizona, but Uber has already settled with the victim's family.

Uber has offered no comment on the ongoing situation in Arizona.

Uber's cars in Arizona "were struggling" before the accident, The Times reported. This week however, the governor of Arizona Douglas Ducey rescinded Uber's right to test AVs in the state. If Uber wants to return, it will need a new permit and has to address investigations into a fatal crash in Arizona last week.

Uber had been testing its self-driving cars in states across the USA including Arizona, California, Pennsylvania and also in Toronto.

Uber, which had already suspended operations on its own, said it would "keep a dialogue open" with Arizona. "As governor, my top priority is public safety".

California's Department of Motor Vehicles also sent Uber's public affairs manager Austin Heyworth a letter on March 27 stating Uber will not be allowed to test its autonomous vehicles on roads in the state as of March 31, because of not renewing the permit.

"We are proud to welcome innovation to Arizona", he said.

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Technology giants, automakers, and vehicle parts companies, sometimes in alliance, are racing toward a future where cars driving themselves whisk people wherever they wish. The governor's office said it provided the emails to the newspaper in September.

"Governor Doug Ducey violated the trust of hardworking Arizonans across the state", the party's executive director, Herschel Fink, said in a statement.

Experts have told The Associated Press that the SUV's laser and radar sensors should have spotted Herzberg, and the vehicle should have stopped.

A few days ago, in my mini-jeremiad against Uber, I said, "They're exactly the kind of company that would cut corners: cheap optics, lousy safety drivers, pushing to drive at night before the software is ready, etc".

The Guardian was able to obtain a series of emails between the governor's office and Uber representatives that outline not only a close working relationship, but an overly permissive attitude toward business development without adequate regard to public safety and without alerting the public of the potential dangers of autonomous vehicle testing.

Uber has about 200 vehicles at all four testing locations.


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