Uber shuts down self-driving auto testing in Arizona

Uber suspended its program in Arizona and elsewhere immediately after one of its SUVs operating in autonomous mode hit and killed a woman crossing the street on a March night in Tempe marking the first fatality involving a self-driving vehicle

Uber shuts down self-driving auto testing in Arizona

California's action prompted Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey to send out a derisive tweet in an effort to persuade Uber to bring its self-driving cars to his state.

Uber has begun winding down its self-driving auto tests in Arizona following a fatal accident in March involving one of the company's driverless vehicles.

The accident happened at night and was captured by video cameras inside the auto. Although there was a driver inside, footage from the vehicle showed she was not looking at the road when the incident occurred.

The video footage of Uber's collision with a pedestrian shows the auto made no attempt to swerve or slow down. The video is graphic and hard to watch.

In a statement, Uber said it has worked closely with the NTSB over the past two months and that it has begun its own safety review of its self-driving vehicles program. It hit her while it was traveling at 38 miles per hour. But it's still a work in progress.

In March, just weeks before the fatal crash, Ducey issued a new executive order detailing the rules and licensing requirements for self-driving cars.

Pittsburgh was Uber's first city for autonomous auto testing, launched in 2016.

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In a statement, Uber said it is "committed to self-driving technology" and is seeking to return its driverless fleet to the road "in the near future". The NTSB told CNET the final report could take at least a year to complete.

In allowing Uber, and other companies such as Waymo, Arizona only requires minimum liability insurance policies to operate self-driving cars and does not require the company to report crashes or testing information. At the time the move was announced, governor Ducey welcomed Uber with open arms.

The incident marked the first fatality involving an autonomous vehicle.

Uber boss Dara Khosrowshahi said Uber was likely to remain in the red as it reinvested in its food-delivery and new bike-renting services. About 73% of participants said they would be scared to ride in a fully autonomous vehicle.

The company will concentrate its real-world testing in places where Uber has engineers on hand to make improvements, rather than working from afar, as was the case in Arizona.

In talks with company officials, I and the city's Department of Mobility and Infrastructure additionally required conditions with Uber before Pittsburgh would agree to testing. The timeline for resuming these tests is unclear.

The Wall Street Journal reviewed an internal memo Eric Meyhofer, the head of Uber's Advanced Technologies Group, sent to Arizona employees about the decision.

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