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BMW continues tests of self-driving cars despite US fatality

German car maker Bayerische Motoren Werke AG, or BMW, will stick to its strategy on autonomous vehicle testing despite the death of an Arizona woman who was hit by a self-driving car operated by Uber, Reuters reported, citing senior executives.

BMW, which plans to launch an autonomous vehicle in 2021, also vowed to double the size of its testing fleet to around 80 this year, according to Reuters.

"Our estimation about autonomous driving technology remains unchanged even though this appears to be an extremely regrettable accident," BMW's board member Klaus Froehlich reportedly said.

He added that autonomous vehicles would be adopted sooner if cities allocated spaces specifically for them. "This makes it easier to program vehicle reflexes and may even allow a car to have fewer sensors and less processing power than a vehicle which needs to navigate normal traffic with things like bicycle couriers," Froehlich said.