Tuesday, 20 March 2018

Uber's self-driving car kills woman in Arizona

A self-driving car operated by Uber was involved in a car crash on Monday in Arizona, killing a woman, Guardian reports.

The crash has been reported to be the first fatal accident involving a self-driving car and a pedestrian.

The woman had been walking with her bicycle outside the crosswalk when the car hit her.

The car had a driver behind the wheel, but was reportedly in autonomous mode when the accident occurred.

Uber soon released a statement on Twitter, writing:
"Our hearts go out to the victim’s family. We’re fully cooperating with @TempePolice and local authorities as they investigate this incident."
Uber’s CEO, Dara Khosrowshahi, also tweeted:
"Some incredibly sad news out of Arizona. We’re thinking of the victim’s family as we work with local law enforcement to understand what happened."
 The car, a Volvo XC90, had been going 40 miles an hour when it hit its victim, 49-year-old Elaine Herzberg, and showed no signs of slowing down when it did, Tempe police spokesperson Ronald Elcock said.

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