Uber resumes self-driving vehicle programme in San Francisco after crash

The US Uber auto reservation service will release its autonomous cars after their withdrawal on Saturday, following an accident involving one of these vehicles in Arizona, the group said on Monday. When it started the program in Pittsburgh previous year, the company said that its autonomous cars still "require human intervention in many conditions, including bad weather". The vehicle was not responsible for the incident and there were no injuries, Tempe police said.

Until, the investigation is complete, Uber said that it is suspending the self-driving trials indefinitely in the states of Arizona and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Driverless Uber vehicles were back on the streets of San Francisco this morning, the company confirmed to Reuters, after an exceedingly brief hiatus here and in other the testing cities of Tempe and Pittsburgh.

After an unfortunate incident last week at Arizona, Uber is suspending its autonomous auto test program in the region. All Uber's autonomous test vehicles include a driver sitting in the driver's seat in a position to take over should it be required.

Tempe police spokeswoman Josie Montenegros said that the incident took place when the other auto "couldn't yield" while making a left turn.

The crash is the latest in a string of recent incidents that have troubled Uber.

The Uber vehicle was operating in self-driving mode at the time of the crash, and the two "safety" operators required to be in the auto under current law were not hurt.

One of the company's autonomous vehicles previously ran a red light; Uber claims this was due to human error, but that has since been refuted by The New York Times. The permit covers two cars and 48 drivers. As of now the Police department is unsure if the person behind the wheel was controlling the SUV at the time of the crash or not.

Uber had kicked off its self-driving program in Arizona some time last month but before this crash, there were already several issues reported on the service. It also said the new technology had the potential to reduce the number of traffic accidents in the country. Google's self-driving vehicle operated was involved in a crash past year in California, hitting a bus while attempting to navigate around an obstacle.

  • Carolyn Briggs