A brief statement released by the Uber said: “Our hearts go out to the victim’s family. We are fully cooperating with local authorities in their investigation of this incident.” It is easy for a company to issue a statement like this but what about the family and loved ones of the person killed?
A self-driving car operated by the ride-hailing company Uber has been involved in a fatal accident with a pedestrian in Tempe, Arizona.
The unnamed woman was reported to have been crossing the road when she was struck. Despite being rushed to hospital, she later died from her injuries.
Reports indicate while a driver was present behind the wheel, the car was in autonomous mode at the time of the collision. No passengers were in the Uber when the collision occurred.
Uber has suspended all trials of self-driving cars in light of the incident. The company has been running a fleet of autonomous vehicles across various locations in North America, including Pittsburgh, Toronto and San Francisco.