Uber Halts Self-Driving Car Tests After Arizona Crash

  • Uber Halts Self-Driving Car Tests After Arizona Crash

Uber Halts Self-Driving Car Tests After Arizona Crash

On Friday, a driver in Tempe was cited for making an illegal left turn and hitting one of Uber's test cars, which was in self-driving mode with a test driver behind the wheel and another in the passenger seat.

Uber has suspended its self-driving auto programme after a crash involving one of its vehicles.

The collision resulted in the Uber auto being toppled onto its side with another vehicle, presumably the one that hit it, in a bad state at the side of the road.

An Uber spokesperson said the Uber SUV was struck by another vehicle making a left turn at an intersection in Tempe where the company has been testing its self-driving cars since February 21.

The Uber vehicle was in the self-driving mode at the time of the crash.

According to Ubers' spokeswoman, the ride-hailing company obtained a permit from the California DMV to test its self-driving cars. "It is uncertain at this time if they were controlling the vehicle at the time of the collision", Tempe police spokeswoman Josie Montenegro told Bloomberg News. The company is facing several scandals ranging from allegations of sexual harassment in the workplace to video showing CEO Travis Kalanick arguing with an Uber driver over fares.

Uber said it paused its self-driving auto program - both development operations and passenger pickups - to better understand Friday's crash.

According to Uber, the incident was under investigation and there were no passengers in the back seat of the self-driving auto.

As previously mentioned, a pilot Uber vehicle recently crashed in Arizona.

Self-driving cars, equipped with latest technology may have all the safety gear and features but at the end of the day they have to ply amidst human users and hence the ruckus. The company resumed testing in San Francisco on Monday, since that program involves just two vehicles for research purposes and does not accept paying passengers. Most of the accidents were minor and weren't caused by Waymo's vehicles.

Waymo alleged that Uber's Otto stole its trade secrets and intellectual property.

More than 100 self-driving XC90 development vehicles have been rolled out by Uber in a $400-million joint-development project with Volvo.

Carter said the city is watching to see what other details emerge about Uber's incident in Tempe, but remains confident in its program with nuTonomy.