On March 18, 2018, an Uber self-driving test car (manned by a human operator) struck and killed a 49 year-old woman crossing a street while walking her bike outside a crosswalk in Tempe, Arizona – a year after another self-driving Uber vehicle had a crash in the same city.  Accordingly, Uber suspended testing autonomous vehicles in San Francisco, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, and Toronto; and did not renew its permit to test autonomous vehicles in California.

On March 29, 2018, only 11 days after the fatal accident of Uber Technologist, Inc., legal counsel for the deceased pedestrian’s family announced in an email to the Wall Street Journal that the apparent wrongful death claim “has been resolved” and that the surviving immediate family members “have no further comments on this matter”. Uber has declined comment – naturally fueling speculation about $$$$$$$$.