Uber shuts down self-driving vehicle program in Arizona

Uber shutters self-driving car testing program in Arizona

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Earlier this month, Uber's CEO Dara Khosrowshahi said he plans to put self-driving cars back on the road "within the next few months", according to news reports.

Uber is pulling its autonomous vehicles out of Arizona completely, two months after one of its cars fatally struck a pedestrian.

Uber says it is "winding down" its self-driving auto operations in Arizona. The move comes in the wake of a fatality that occurred in March, when an Uber vehicle in autonomous mode struck and killed a woman crossing a street.

He said the autonomous car's cameras and radar system should have had enough time to pick up the pedestrian and react to the situation.

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".

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The firm is also conducting a "top-to-bottom safety review" of its self-driving programme, including software and training.

Recent accidents involving self-driving cars are making Americans more squeamish about the idea of having them on the road. It said it will focus on its autonomous vehicle efforts in San Francisco and Pittsburgh. He said he is requiring a "full federal investigation" before the autonomous vehicles can return to the streets.

The accident in Tempe and other incidents across the nation have taken their toll on confidence in the safety of self-driving cars.

Roughly 300 Uber employees were affected by the company's decision to shutter its autonomous vehicle research in the state. And Scarpinato made it clear that if Uber changes its mind and decides it likes testing vehicle on Arizona roads it can't just waltz back in here. "We are also in conversations with the California Governor, California DMV and cities of San Francisco and Sacramento".

The San Francisco-based company, which has faced a spate of scandals and retreated from overseas markets, said quarterly profits were $2.5bn, due largely to the sale of business units in Russian Federation and south east Asia.

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Ride-hailing companies such as Uber and Lyft see self-driving tech as critical to their long-term financial health, since paying drivers cuts into company profits. It was the first death caused by a self-driving vehicle.

Uber says it will continue to keep an open dialogue with Gov. Ducey's office to address any concerns.

Meyhofer said Uber will tweak how it tests cars on the road.

Finally, it seems that Uber has chose to just shutter its self-driving auto operations in Arizona entirely, starting by firing about 300 workers this morning.

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