A woman has died in a collision with a self-driving car in Arizona in what is believed to be the first fatal crash involving an autonomous vehicle.
The Telegraph reports that the 49-year-0ld victim, named by authorities as Elaine Herzberg, was crossing the street at night time when she was hit by a self driving Uber 4×4 in the South West city of Tempe, Arizona.
The newspaper says that the crash is “expected to raise serious questions about driverless technology, which many technology companies are testing in the hope that it will mean safer and more efficient roads”.
Local TV station ABC15 reports that Tempe Police says the vehicle was in autonomous mode at the time of the crash and the vehicle operator, 44-year-old Rafaela Vasquez, was also behind the wheel. No passengers were in the vehicle at the time.
An Uber spokesperson told ABC15 they are aware of the incident and are cooperating with authorities.
They released the following statement: “Our hearts go out to the victim’s family. We are fully cooperating with local authorities in their investigation of this incident.”
The case will be reviewed by the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office.
(Picture credit – ABC 15 Tempe)