Uber Halting All Self-Driving Tests Following Arizona Crash

Brittany BishopMar 27, 2017

According to ABC affiliate KNXV-TV, police said a vehicle failed to yield to the self-driving SUV and hit it.

The ride-sharing company has been testing self-driving cars in Tempe, Ariz., Pittsburgh and California for months as it undertakes one of the most ambitious autonomous vehicle projects in the country.

Uber is suspending testing of its self-driving cars, according to the New York Times.

Uber took its fleet of self-driving cars off the roads while it started Investigations a crash that allegedly left one of its driverless-SUVs sitting on its side.

It was revealed that Uber's automated cars can only drive for less than a mile without a human having to take over the wheel. A fatal auto collision involving a Tesla Model S received widespread attention because the vehicle was in autopilot mode at the time, though a government investigation later found there were no defects in the software. The other vehicle failed to yield to the autonomous SUV, causing the collision.

An Uber spokesperson said the vehicle's autonomous mode was engaged at the time of the crash.

Uber has had a lot of trouble getting its self-driving cars on the road in the first place.

In a statement released today, the company said nobody was seriously injured in the accident which happened in the town of Tempe. Unfortunately, the auto crash incident caused a lot of trouble for the automaker, their vehicles' safety being now questioned. Uber's vehicle was in autonomous mode with two designated "safety" drivers up front at the time of the crash, the company told Reuters. Also, an India-born Uber executive quit over an old harassment claim.

Last week, Uber President Jeff Jones said he was quitting after six months on the job.

Uber was also in news after a former software engineer alleged that her manager propositioned her for sex and sexually harassed her.

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