Update, 11 a.m. Tuesday: Developments in the fatal Uber autonomous vehicle crash in Tempe, Arizona:
- Police investigators say the driverless vehicle, a Volvo SUV, was traveling about 40 mph in a 35 mph zone when it struck and killed Elaine Herzberg, 49. Police say Herzberg was pushing a bicycle and was struck immediately after stepping off a curb outside a crosswalk. Investigators say it appears the vehicle did not slow down before hitting Herzberg.
- The Arizona Republic reported Tuesday that the backup driver in the Uber autonomous vehicle, identified as Rafaela Vasquez, 44, was convicted in the early 2000s of attempted armed robbery and served nearly four years in prison. Uber did not immediately comment on the driver's record.
The Republic notes:
"The San Francisco-based company recently came under fire for hiring felons. The Colorado Public Utilities Commission company fined Uber's parent company $8.9 million in November 2017 after an investigation determined the ride-hailing service had hired nearly 60 drivers with previous felony convictions.
Colorado state law prevents individuals with felony convictions, alcohol or drug-related driving offenses, unlawful sexual offenses and major traffic violations from working for rideshare companies.
Uber attributed the unlawful hirings to a "process area" inconsistent with Colorado's ridesharing regulations. The company said all drivers must undergo a third-party background screening "per Uber safety policies and Colorado state regulations."
Original post, last updated 2:25 p.m. Monday
Uber says it's suspending its testing of autonomous vehicles after one of its self-driving cars struck and killed a woman crossing a street in the Phoenix suburb of Tempe.
The National Transportation Safety Board announced it is sending a four-member team to investigate the crash.
California's Consumer Watchdog, which has criticized the state's plan to begin allowing testing of driverless vehicles on public roads beginning next month, called for a nationwide moratorium on the testing of what it called "robot cars."