Back At It: Uber Resumes Self-Driving Car Program After Weekend Crash
Apr 09 2017 by Johnny Bowman
This comes after an accident on Friday that saw one of the company's self-driving vehicles flip over to its side after a collision with another vehicle. But images of Uber's Volvo SUV rolled onto its side reverberated heavily on social media.
Uber is finally restarting its self-driving program in Arizona and Pittsburgh. Another auto reportedly failed to yield to the autonomous Uber, and the vehicle was flipped on its side according to Tempe police. Apparently, the Uber driver (yes, there was a driver sitting in the car) was unable to take over the controls and the accident thus occurred. However, Uber's autonomous cars still have an engineer on board who can take orders at any time. "Our cars will be back on the road in Tempe and Pittsburgh later today", an Uber spokesperson told Reuters.
A full police report on the crash is expected as early as the middle of this week, said Detective Lily Duran of the Tempe Police Department.
Also, unlike in Arizona and Pennsylvania, passengers are not allowed to ride in autonomous vehicles in California. The company confirmed yesterday that it had been transporting customers with self-driving cars in the state. Intel has a fleet of self-driving cars that are being tested, although they are not used in autonomous mode on city streets, company spokeswoman Danielle Mann said. Most of the accidents were minor and weren't caused by Waymo's vehicles. None of the GM cars have been involved in accidents, said Kevin Kelly, the company's spokesman for advanced technology projects. On Monday, former Uber President Jeff Jones cited irreparable differences as the reason behind his shock decision to leave the role after only six months. The company's chief security officer, Joe Sullivan, subsequently promised Uber would no longer use the program.