>> The first death from a self driving vehicle happened in Tempe, Arizona, raising questions about how it happened and why here. Arizona has been described by some as the wild west of robot car testing, as the state made a strong push to lure autonomous vehicle companies to bring their cars to its roads.
Reuters correspondent Heather Somerville visited the site of the crash.>> The reason Arizona is a hot bed for the testing of autonomous vehicles is in part due to its beautiful weather and its open roads. The second part is due to regulation, the Governor of this state has welcomed Uber, and other companies, with open arms.
>> In fact, when Uber was wrangling California regulators in 2016 over its failure to get testing permits, Arizona governor, Doug Ducey, reached out, saying.>> California may not want you, we want you to know that Arizona does want Uber.>> But now, it's an Uber self driving SUV that hit killed a 49 year old homeless woman, who was walking her bike outside the crosswalk in the Phoenix suburb of Tempe.
The car was travelling at about 40 miles an hour and was in autonomous mode with an operator behind the wheel. Now after this crash on Sunday night, Arizona is holding steady to it's very loose regulations for self-driving cars. In speaking with the Arizona Department of Transportation today, officials said they are waiting for all of the facts to come in on this crash that happened on Sunday.
But until then, they're not taking any action to further regulate this industry. But Uber has suspended its autonomous testing program in the US and Canada on Monday. And on Tuesday, Toyota said it to is pausing its testing, saying the incident may have an emotional effect on its test drivers.