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Last night, a self-driving cab from an Uber test fleet struck and killed a pedestrian in Tempe, Arizona. The victim survived the initial accident but later died at a nearby hospital from the resulting injuries. The exact circumstances of the crash are still unclear. Here’s what we know: According to the Tempe Police Department, the car was in self-driving mode around 10 p.m. Sunday night. There was a human safety driver in the car as a contingency, but it’s unclear at this point if they tried to intervene before the accident. It’s not a legal requirement for the car to contain a human at all in Arizona. The state has rather relaxed regulations, which make it an appealing location for self-driving car companies like Uber to run pilot programs there. In April, California is slated to allow self-driving tests without a human in the vehicle, but we don't know if this accident might affect that timeline.