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Uber self-driving vehicles involved in 37 crashes before fatal accident

Key Points
  • Uber Technologies' autonomous test vehicles were involved in 37 crashes in the 18 months before a fatal March 2018 self-driving car incident, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said on Tuesday.
  • Of those crashes, 33 involved another vehicle striking test vehicles.
  • The NTSB will hold a probable cause hearing on the crash Nov. 19.
An Uber self-driving car drives down 5th Street in San Francisco, California.
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Uber Technologies' autonomous test vehicles were involved in 37 crashes in the 18 months before a fatal March 2018 self-driving car incident, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said on Tuesday.

The board said between September 2016 and March 2018, there were 37 crashes of Uber vehicles in autonomous mode at the time, including 33 that involved another vehicle striking test vehicles.

In one incident, the test vehicle struck a bent bicycle lane bollard that partially occupied the test vehicle's lane of travel. In another incident, the operator took control to avoid a rapidly approaching oncoming vehicle that entered its lane of travel. The vehicle operator steered away and struck a parked car. The NTSB will hold a probable cause hearing on the crash Nov. 19.

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Key Points
  • Uber is temporarily halting self-driving car tests in all locations after a deadly accident.
  • A woman was hit and killed overnight by an Uber self-driving car when walking across the street in Tempe, Arizona.
  • Programs in San Francisco, Pittsburgh, Phoenix and Toronto will be paused.