Uber resumes self-driving program in Tempe, Pittsburgh after crash

Ken Copeland
April 6, 2017

Uber has suspended its trial of self-driving vehicles after one ended up on its side following a crash in Arizona.

Uber had said it grounded its self-driving-car tests in Arizona.

Uber put its autonomous cars back on the road earlier this week following the suspension of its pilot programme in three United States cities after one of its cars was involved in a crash in Tempe, Arizona.

One of Uber's Volvo self-driving SUVs was involved in a high-impact crash on Friday in Tempe. All Uber's autonomous test vehicles include a driver sitting in the driver's seat in a position to take over should it be required.

According to the local police in Tempe, Arizona, the other auto involved "failed to yield" to the Volvo at a left turn, and the Uber vehicle was not at fault in the accident. However, Uber's autonomous cars still have an engineer on board who can take orders at any time.

Just a couple of days back we were hit with reports of an Uber self-driving vehicle getting involved in a serious accident over in Tempe, Arizona.

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In Arizona, companies such as Uber only need to carry minimum liability insurance policies to operate self-driving cars.

The ride services company earlier on Monday said its driverless vehicles were back on the road in San Francisco. However, after failing to obtain the necessary autonomous-vehicle license before the launch, the California DMV revoked registrations of Uber's 16 driverless vehicles. "Our cars will be back on the road in Tempe and Pittsburgh later today", an Uber spokesperson told Reuters. After the photos started showing up on the Internet, a spokeswoman from Uber confirmed that there was indeed a crash involving one of their vehicles. The other vehicle involved in the accident received a citation due to a moving violation.

Other companies testing self-driving cars in Arizona include Waymo, a Google spinoff company, and General Motors.

Despite the severe damage to both vehicles, nobody was seriously injured.

The ride-hailing company ran its self-driving-car tests in California for just a week prior to moving to Arizona.

The incident also comes as Uber, and Chief Executive Officer Travis Kalanick, are now under scrutiny because of a series of scandals.

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