Arizona governor still backs self-driving cars

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Gov. Doug Ducey reiterated on Thursday his support for the self-driving vehicles as a way to make roads and highways safer. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5/AP) Gov. Doug Ducey reiterated on Thursday his support for the self-driving vehicles as a way to make roads and highways safer. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5/AP)
Ducey has allowed autonomous vehicle companies to test their technology on public roads with little regulations. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) Ducey has allowed autonomous vehicle companies to test their technology on public roads with little regulations. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
A woman was hit and killed by a self-driving car in Tempe earlier this month. (Source: Tempe Police Department) A woman was hit and killed by a self-driving car in Tempe earlier this month. (Source: Tempe Police Department)
Behind the scenes, Ducey's staff worked closely with Uber as he championed its regular service and its self-driving vehicles, allowing them to operate without permits and encouraging their testing and operation on public roads. (Source: CNN) Behind the scenes, Ducey's staff worked closely with Uber as he championed its regular service and its self-driving vehicles, allowing them to operate without permits and encouraging their testing and operation on public roads. (Source: CNN)
PHOENIX (AP) -

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey says he continues to believe autonomous vehicles can make roads and highways safer after a self-driving Uber vehicle struck and killed a pedestrian.

Ducey told reporters on Thursday that he wants local and federal law enforcement to complete their investigation before commenting about the crash. But he reiterated his support for the self-driving vehicles as a way to make roads and highways safer.

[SPECIAL SECTION: Woman killed by self-driving Uber]

Ducey has allowed autonomous vehicle companies to test their technology on public roads with little regulations. But earlier this week, he suspended Uber's self-driving vehicle testing privileges, citing safety concerns.

[READ MORE: Emails show few questions about public safety from AZ governor to Uber]

Uber suspended autonomous vehicle testing in all cities after the crash.

Elaine Herzberg was killed last week in Tempe. Her family has apparently reached a settlement with Uber, according to their lawyer.

[ORIGINAL STORY: NTSB team is in Tempe investigating self-driving Uber wreck that killed pedestrian]

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