Uber suspends driverless auto trial after crash leaves vehicle on its side

The Uber program has been suspended indefinitely in Pittsburgh and San Francisco as well until more information about Friday's accident comes out.

Uber problem Uber has chose to pull its self-driving program from Arizona following the crash of one of its Volvo SUVs kitted with autonomous features. Another auto failed to yield for the Uber auto, causing the autonomous vehicle to flip on its side, according to the police report. The company's not explained why it's done so, other than to say it needs to investigate the incident.

An Uber driver was behind the wheel, an engineer in the passenger seat; the vehicle was in self-driving mode. The company grounded its entire self-driving test fleet in the US on Saturday, following an accident involving one of its vehicles in Arizona earlier in the day. No-one sustained serious injury in the incident. Uber recently received permission to relaunch testing in the California city.

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.

Uber Technologies Inc.'s run of bad news just won't stop. Uber said the images appeared to be from the Tempe crash scene. A spokesperson said it's looking into the incident at present; between that and the Waymo lawsuit, it may well be a while before we see another Uber test vehicle on the streets. The autonomous vehicle was in self-driving mode at the time of the crash.

Uber began testing self-driving cars in Pittsburgh past year and soon expanded to Arizona, after its self-driving cars were banned from San Francisco's streets in December by the California Department of Motor Vehicles.

Before this the California Department of Motor Vehicles ordered Uber's autonomous cars off state roads in December 2016. Still the company is not only pulling its testing in Tempe, but Pittsburgh, PA as well.

An investigation found no safety-related defects with the autopilot system, but concluded that the driver may have had time to avert the crash if he had been paying closer attention.

Additionally, Uber has been accused of sexism in the workplace by a former employee.

CEO Travis Kalanick has also been mired in scandal as of late.

  • Zachary Reyes