Uber self-driving car kills woman in Arizona

TEMPE, Arizona – Uber has halted its self-driving car tests in North America after a woman died of her injuries after being struck by one of the ride-hailing company’s autonomous vehicle on Monday.

It’s believed to be the first fatal accident involving a self-driving car.

Uber CEO Darta Khosrowshahi tweeted that the news was “incredibly sad”.

In a tweet, Uber expressed its condolences and said the company was fully cooperating with authorities.

Tempe Police said a human monitor was behind the wheel of the car when the accident happened, but it was in autonomous mode.

“The vehicle was travelling northbound … when a female walking outside of the crosswalk crossed the road from west to east when she was struck by the Uber vehicle,” the police said in a statement.

The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and the National Transport Safety Board are sending teams to Tempe to investigate.