Uber suspends driverless car program

A self-driving Uber car struck and killed a 49-year-old woman in Tempe, Arizona.

She was walking her bike outside a crosswalk.

In response, Uber took its self-driving cars off the roads in the four cities where they have been testing them.

Big-name automakers, like General Motors and Toyota, and tech giants Uber and Alphabet, Inc., are dropping billions of dollars in the technology. They’ve already rolled out semi-autonomous systems like lane-changers that alert drivers when they’ve gotten too close to other autos.

While federal and state regulators have allowed driverless cars to be tested on public roads, since the fatality Arizona has ordered Uber to suspend the program. And, Uber is not renewing its permit to test in California.

At the same time, Waymo, Alphabet’s self-driving car division, announced that over the next two years it would put 20,000 vehicles into use.

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