Uber has now grounded its complete autonomous test fleet within the U.S., following an accident in Arizona which left considered one of its Volvo SUVs flipped on its aspect earlier right now. The automotive was in self-driving mode on the time of the incident.
As we reported earlier, the corporate suspended the pilot in Arizona within the instant aftermath of the crash. Nevertheless it has now stated it’s grounded its whole autonomous fleet — so additionally within the two different areas the place it’s at present piloting the self-driving automobiles: Pittsburg and San Francisco.
“Our automobiles in Arizona stay grounded whereas we proceed our investigation. Our automobiles are grounded in Pittsburgh and SF at present as nicely,” an Uber spokeswoman advised us.
4 hours in the past the identical spokeswoman informed us the fleet was grounded in Arizona however didn’t point out the opposite two places so it seems the corporate has determined to increase the suspension up to now few hours.
The spokeswoman confirmed that the Arizona grounding will final so long as the period of the investigation into the crash however added that the broader suspension doesn’t have a set timing — so it’s not clear how lengthy all self-driving Ubers will probably be parked. Presumably at the very least for the remainder of at the moment.
Though Uber pulled the autonomous automobiles out of SF final December, after a dispute with native regulators, a smaller fleet returned to California’s roads earlier this month — after it was granted a allow to check two self-driving automobiles. In Phoenix and Pittsburg Uber has been testing 12 automobiles apiece.
All Uber’s test automobiles embrace a human driver sitting within the driver’s seat so they’re able to take over driving ought to that be vital.
Within the Arizona incident, by which nobody has been reported significantly injured, the WSJ stories native police saying Uber’s self-driving know-how was not accountable for the accident — as an alternative a daily car “did not yield”.
As we famous earlier, the crash is simply the newest in a string of dangerous information tales for Uber — together with a number of related to its self-driving technology but in addition past that, with accusations the corporate has an issue with systemic sexism in its company tradition.
That run of dangerous publicity may clarify why it’s taken the choice to err on the aspect of warning on this occasion and floor all its autonomous automobiles, regardless of the tech not being accused of culpability.
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