Published: Thu, March 30, 2017
Economy | By Melissa Porter

Uber Pulls Self-Driving Cars From the Streets After Crash

Uber Technologies Inc put its self-driving cars back on the road on Monday, voicing confidence in its autonomous vehicle program three days after one of its cars was involved in a crash in Tempe, Arizona. As a result of the incident, the firm had halted self-driving operations in the area.

Following a collision that caused significant damage to an Uber self-driving auto in Arizona last week, the company has suspended its autonomous driving experiments in Arizona and Pittsburgh. The spokeswoman explained that the company is confident in putting its autonomous vehicles on the road because they are not transporting passengers.

The auto - a Volvo SUV - was in self-driving mode at the time of the crash, on Friday, Uber said.

Uber said it is investigating the incident, adding that there were no passengers in the back seat of the self-driving auto.

In addition, Uber's self-driving vehicle testing resumed in San Francisco, the company told CNNTech.

The self-driving auto tests resumed in both cities Monday, after a temporary halt to investigate the accident.

The Tempe, Ariz., crash happened when another vehicle failed to yield and hit the Uber.

Uber has paused its efforts to test self-driving cars after a crash in Arizona on Saturday.

Uber's San Francisco programme is now in development mode. Two of the firm's engineers were in the auto at the time of the accident, but they weren't carrying any passengers, Uber previously confirmed. It moved its tests from California to Arizona rather than buying a permit to drive them there. Uber is also facing a lawsuit from Alphabet's self-driving vehicle unit Waymo over allegations of stolen technology and infringement of patents, and its President stepped down in March after just six months in the job.

Uber's self-driving auto program has faced criticism before.

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. Also, one of Uber's self driving units was challenged by Google, which took some technical details for their own autonomous vehicles.

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 eventually yielded and applied for and received the permit earlier this month.

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