"We've made mistakes too, right, with self-driving, and we stopped driving and we're recovering from that mistake", Khosrowshahi said.
Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi called Saudi Arabia's murder of journalist and U.S. resident Jamal Khashoggi "a mistake", though he later clarified that Saudi actions were "reprehensible and should not be forgotten or excused".
"I think that government said that they made a mistake", Khosrowshahi responded.
But the fact that Uber CEO's first instinct was to defend against the murder of a journalist in order to avoid upsetting an investor, and then repeatedly failed to recognize the seriousness of the situation - calling it first a "mistake" and then a "serious mistake" - is an extraordinary indication of the continued lack or morals or ethics at the ride-hailing company.
Pressed on the issue of the Saudi Arabian government's investment in the company and specifically Uber board member Yasir al-Rumayyan, who represents Saudi Arabia's Public Investment Fund, Khosrowshahi was notably uncomfortable.
Chicago & Denver flights canceled at Hector International Airport
The jetliner was carrying 41 passengers and crew and none were injured in the incident, American Airlines said in a statement. Chicago is expected to experience up to six inches of snow in the next 24 hours as a Winter Weather Advisory is in place.
Khashoggi was killed and dismembered by individuals identified as Saudi intelligence officials and a forensic doctor a year ago at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul. Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has denied ordering Khashoggi's murder.
Karen Attiah, Khashoggi's former editor at The Washington Post's Global Opinions section, said she was deleting her Uber app following Khosrowshahi's words.
Khosrowshahi was referring to a March 2018 accident in which an Uber self-driving test auto collided with a female pedestrian in Tempe, Arizona.
Axios editor Dan Primack, who conducted the interview, tweeted that Khosrowshahi expressed regret for his comments nearly immediately. "So I think that people make mistakes". "Now we're a public company".
Khosrowshahi is one of the few tech executives that skipped Saudi Arabia's annual investment conference this year, though he said it was due to an apparent scheduling conflict.
Man pops 'Baby Trump' balloon in Tuscaloosa
He said some people shouted "Trump 2020" as they passed the protest while others posed for selfies with the 20ft balloon. The suspect was arrested by police and later identified by local news outlets as 32-year-old Hoyt Hutchinson.
In his Monday tweet, Mr Khosrowshahi said he told Axios after the interview: "I said something in the moment I don't believe".
"A United Nations expert earlier this year concluded that Khashoggi's death was "an extrajudicial execution" and that there was credible evidence" that the crown prince and other high-level officials were individually liable. "When it comes to Jamal Khashoggi, his murder was reprehensible and should not be forgotten or excused", said the statement posted on the news website on Monday.
In one case, a woman was killed in the USA state of Arizona after being struck by a auto with faulty software, meaning it was unable to identify her as a pedestrian crossing the street.
"If one of Uber's main investors kills someone it doesn't really matter". "Our investors have long known my views here & I'm sorry I wasn't as clear on Axios".
Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi speaks to the media at an event in New Delhi.
As violence hits Hong Kong, its shares lead a decline across Asia
About 5.5 billion shares changed hands in USA exchanges, below the 6.8 billion-share daily average over the last 20 sessions. In Europe, Germany's DAX fell 0.4 per cent to 13,176 while the CAC 40 in France was down 0.1 per cent at 5,884.