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The hype around driverless cars came crashing down in 2018

Enlarge / The Uber vehicle after it struck Elaine Herzberg. (credit: Tempe Police Department)

As 2018 dawned, expectations for self-driving vehicles were sky-high:

Self-driving technology seemed to be right around the corner. But then the industry was battered by bad news.

In March, Uber was forced to drastically scale back its testing activities after an Uber vehicle hit and killed a pedestrian in Tempe, Arizona. The same month, a Tesla customer died when his Autopilot-enabled Model X car slammed into a concrete lane divider.

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