WORLD NEWS: Uber’s Autonomous Car crashes, kills Woman in Arizona

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - MARCH 28: An Uber self-driving car drives down 5th Street on March 28, 2017 in San Francisco, California. Cars in Uber's self-driving cars are back on the roads after the program was temporarily halted following a crash in Tempe, Arizona on Friday. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

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

The crash has been announced to be the first fatal accident involving an autonomous car and a pedestrian.

The woman had been strolling with her bicycle outside the crosswalk when the auto hit her.

The car had a driver in the driver’s seat, however was allegedly in self-driving mode when the mishap happened.

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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