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Region Briefs | CEO says Waymo dedicated to safe self-driving technology

LAS VEGAS (AP) – The leader of Google's self-driving car spinoff Waymo says he is confident in the company's technology and its capability to interact with pedestrians.

Waymo CEO John Krafcik addressed a fatal collision involving a self-driving Uber car in Tempe, Arizona, during a question-and-answer session Saturday at the National Automobile Dealers Association convention in Las Vegas.

Krafcik says the company is dedicated to "making this technology safe."

Uber has suspended its testing as the investigation proceeds.

A woman was walking her bicycle across a street when she was struck by the Volvo SUV that had a backup driver on board.

Waymo sued Uber almost a year ago, alleging Uber is building a fleet of self-driving cars with technology an engineer stole while working for Waymo.

Maricopa County authorities rescue 24 hikers from Mount Ord

PHOENIX (AP) – Maricopa County Sheriff’s officials say a group of hikers have been rescued from Mount Ord.

They say a church group went for an afternoon hike Saturday at the mountain summit located in the Tonto National Forest about 70 miles northeast of Phoenix.

The group called for help about 5 p.m., saying they were lost and stuck on a cliff.

The sheriff office’s search and rescue team was called out to find the group.

All 24 people in the group were found and flown out by MCSO helicopter by 1 a.m. Sunday.

Phoenix TV station ABC15 reports that the hikers included children and adults from Scottsdale.

Sheriff’s officials say nobody in the group suffered any major injuries.

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