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Report: Uber autonomous software set to ignore certain road objects

A pilot model of an Uber self-driving car. Photo: Angelo Merendino/AFP/Getty Images

Uber has determined that the Arizona crash that resulted in a pedestrian fatality in March was likely because its self-driving car's software was tuned not to react to certain road objects, according to a report from The Information.

Why it matters: This was the first known death caused by a self-driving car, and has raised questions about the safety of the technologies and whether companies need further regulatory guidance to ensure safety.