Self-driving vehicle crash comes amid debate about regulations
- Author: Zachary Reyes Apr 01, 2017,
Apr 01, 2017, 16:46
As a result of the incident, the firm had halted self-driving operations in the area.
After temporarily suspending its self-driving program following an accident in Tempe, Arizona last week, the ride-hailing company has announced it will resume testing in Arizona and Pittsburgh starting on Monday, Reuters reports. The two vehicles collided, and the Uber rolled onto its side. A driver and an engineer were in the front seats of the Uber Volvo SUV at the time, a standard requirement for the self-driving cars.
There are no reported collisions involving Uber self-driving cars in Pittsburgh, where the company launched its first program in September, Pittsburgh police spokeswoman Sonya Toler said.
The San Francisco-based tech giant revealed that its self-driving fleet in Tempe and Pittsburgh is now returning on public roads and will once again be picking up passengers. Uber said the images appeared to be from the Tempe crash scene.
Uber wrapped up a brief investigation and cleared its autonomous cars to resume driving in the three cities where it operates a self-driving pilot program.
Ducey spokesman Daniel Scarpinato said in a March 3 interview that the cars are safe and there is sufficient oversight under existing automobile rules. From what we hear, Uber's auto was driving at a high speed and flipped on to its side following a crash. They are not required to track crashes like the one that occurred in Tempe on Friday or report any information to the state.
The difference between the California programme and those in Arizona and Pennsylvania was that California barred passengers from riding in the vehicles.
Self-driving Uber vehicles always have a driver who can take over the controls at any time.
Advocates of self-driving cars say that they can cut down on deadly traffic accidents by eliminating human error. It also pointed out that Uber, which has said it needs to flawless self-driving technology to ensure the company's future, is lagging behind other companies in this regard. None of the GM cars have been involved in accidents, said Kevin Kelly, the company's spokesman for advanced technology projects.