Woman dies after being hit by autonomous Uber car

Woman dies after being hit by autonomous Uber car
A pedestrian in the US has died after she was hit by a self-driving vehicle.

Believed to be the first incident of its kind, the woman was struck by the autonomous Uber car and died from her injuries in hospital.

The accident happened between Sunday night and Monday morning in the Phoenix suburb of Tempe, Arizona – where Uber has been testing out its autonomous vehicles for several months.

According to police, the car was in autonomous mode with an operator behind the wheel.

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Uber’s chief executive Dara Khosrowshahi has described the incident as “incredibly sad” and said they are still trying to determine the cause of the crash.

He said: "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 taxi company has since suspended its autonomous car programme in the US and Canada.

The news is likely to come as shock to UK drivers after Chancellor Philip Hammond previously discussed plans to have self-driving vehicles on the roads by 2021.

In his Autumn Budget speech in November, Mr Hammond said: “We support government’s measures to make the UK one of the best places in the world to develop, test and sell connected and autonomous vehicles.

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“These vehicles will transform our roads and society, dramatically reducing accidents and saving thousands of lives every year, while adding billions of pounds to the economy.

“We look forward to continuing industry’s collaboration with government to ensure the UK can be among the first to grasp the benefits of this exciting new technology.”

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