Woman killed by Uber self-driving car during testing

Self-driving vehicle kills bicyclist

A woman has been killed by an Uber self-driving car in the US state of Arizona, causing the ride-hailing company to suspend its autonomous vehicle program across the United States and Canada.

The accident in the Phoenix suburb of Tempe marked the first fatality from a self-driving vehicle, which are being tested around the globe, and could derail efforts to fast-track the introduction of the new technology.

The vehicle was in autonomous mode with an operator behind the wheel at the time of the accident, which occurred overnight on Sunday local time, Tempe police said.

The female pedestrian, identified as 49-year-old Elaine Herzberg, was walking her bicycle across the street outside the crosswalk when she was struck, police said, adding that an investigation is ongoing.

Local television footage of the scene showed a crumpled bike and a Volvo XC90 four-wheel drive with a smashed-in front.

The US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and National Transportation Safety Board are sending investigative teams to probe the crash.

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