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The fatal accident involving an Uber Technologies Inc.

self-driving vehicle is the most significant involving autonomous-driving technology since a Tesla Inc. driver's death touched off months of finger-pointing and set back the company's Autopilot program.

Tesla came under intense regulatory scrutiny after an Ohio man died using the company's Autopilot driver-assistance system in May 2016.

Mobileye, which supplied image-sensing equipment to the electric-car maker, cut ties in an ugly and public breakup. Tesla transitioned to new hardware in October of that year that disabled its cars' capability to automatically brake in emergencies for months. Autopilot also stopped allowing drivers to ignore repeated warnings to keep their hands on the wheel.



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