Uber has decided to end their self-driving program in Arizona following a fatal accident involving one of their vehicles.
The company will not be shelving the entire program, and will continue testing in other cities.
As reported by reuters.com
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Uber has shut down its self-driving car operation in Arizona two months after a fatal crash involving one of its vehicles, the company said on Wednesday.
Uber Technologies Inc [UBER.UL] is not shuttering its entire autonomous vehicle program, a spokeswoman said, adding that it will focus on limited testing in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and two cities in California. It aims to resume self-driving operations this summer, likely with smaller routes and fewer cars.
“We’re committed to self-driving technology, and we look forward to returning to public roads in the near future,” the spokeswoman said.
Arizona’s wide, flat roads, good weather and corporation-friendly regulations are considered ideal to test autonomous vehicles, and Uber now faces the challenge of testing in congested, urban cities with rain, fog, snow and ice. It must also repair its relationship with regulators in California, where it lacks a testing permit.
Pretty much every major company involved in automobiles and transportation are working on autonomous transport in one form or another. Uber firmly believes this type of transportation technology is the future, and will be key to their ride service. Until they figure out how to completely avoid traffic accidents, there will always be problems.
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