Pittsburgh Lukewarm on Uber's Plan to Restart Autonomous Testing

Pittsburgh Lukewarm on Uber's Plan to Restart Autonomous Testing

Pittsburgh Lukewarm on Uber's Plan to Restart Autonomous Testing

Two months after a pedestrian death in Tempe raised alarms about the technology, Uber is shutting down its self-driving vehicle operations in Arizona.

For instance, after the company's self-driving auto program was suspended in California in 2016, Uber packed up the vehicles and moved them to Arizona.

Uber had suspended its self-driving program in Arizona and elsewhere after one of its SUVs hit and killed a woman crossing the street in Tempe while it was in autonomous mode.

According to the Republic, Uber plans to continue to test out its self-driving cars in Pittsburgh after the federal investigation into the Arizona crash is complete.

"We're committed to self-driving technology and look forward to returning to public roads in the coming months". A video of the March 18 accident seemed to show the vehicle did not react to the pedestrian, and the safety operator behind the wheel was looking down just before the crash.

Uber said Wednesday that it is shutting down its self-driving vehicle operations in Arizona and laying off almost 300 employees there. The incident called attention to the ability of self-driving cars to react to unexpected human behaviors.

After the incident, Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi ordered a "top to bottom" safety review of Uber's self-driving program at its Advance Technologies Group in Pittsburgh.

Uber says it is "very committed" to the self-driving vehicle project and its Toronto engineering hub has several positions now open, with others likely to be added. Herzberg's family settled with Uber later in the month, quelling some of the debate as to who was at fault in what was likely the first death by an autonomous vehicle in the U.S., if not the world.

Meyhofer said Uber will tweak how it tests cars on the road.

In talks with company officials, I and the city's Department of Mobility and Infrastructure additionally required conditions with Uber before Pittsburgh would agree to testing. The company will instead focus on testing in Pittsburgh and San Francisco. The company had argued that state laws did not apply to its self-driving programme, but its defiance was met with threats of legal action from the DMV and the state attorney general.

The move comes after reports surfaced revealing at least 100 Uber drivers in the USA had been accused of sexually assaulting passengers in recent years, including one recent case in which a driver followed a female passenger after reaching her home and tried to force himself into her apartment.

Today's decision does not affect the company's ride-sharing service with drivers operating their own vehicles. He also said that Uber will be testing its vehicles in a "much more limited way" in the future.

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