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Toyota Pauses Autonomous Driving Tests

March 20, 2018

Toyota will temporarily halt testing of vehicles equipped with its autonomous Chauffeur mode on public roads, after an autonomous Uber car struck and killed a pedestrian in Arizona.

Toyota Research Institute paused the testing because leaders "feel the incident may have an emotional effect on our test drivers," according to a statement from spokesman Brian Lyons.

Uber halted testing of its testing program on March 19, after one of its vehicles killed a pedestrian in Tempe, Ariz. on March 18. The car was in autonomous drive mode, but there was a human safety driver behind the wheel.

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