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Robot Car Race Twists: Uber Leaves Arizona And Apple Said To Have VW Deal

Alan Ohnsman

National Transportation Safety Board investigators examine a driverless Uber SUV on March 20 that fatally struck a woman in Tempe, Ariz. The accident prompted Uber to suspend all road-testing of such autos in the Phoenix area, Pittsburgh, San Francisco and Toronto. On the same day Uber said it’s pulling the plug on autonomous vehicle tests in Arizona, Apple’s on-again, off-again self-driving car initiative takes a step forward, a reminder that early-stage industries are nothing if not volatile. Uber’s decision close its Tempe, Arizona, facility, where it tested Volvo XC90 SUVs outfitted with laser Lidar sensors, cameras, radar and self-driving software, comes in the wake of a March crash in which one of those vehicles struck and killed a pedestrian as she crossed a dark suburban street.