Uber to Stop Testing Self-Driving Vehicles Following Fatal Crash

Uber to Stop Testing Self-Driving Vehicles Following Fatal Crash

The death of Herzberg saw Uber suspend its testing Arizona.

Tesla, BMW, Ford-these companies have all been testing self-driving cars for some time now in different environments. We are committed to provide the required resources to encourage people and especially the youth of this state to engage in entrepreneurial activities. Other automotive companies - Toyota and NVIDIA - have temporarily halted driving tests on public roads, too.

Uber claims the new app will match customers heading in similar directions, saving them up to 50 per cent on a regular UberX ride.

Arizona was a critical hub for Uber, serving as a base for approximately 50% of the company's 200 self-driving cars.

Other footage showed that in the seconds before the accident, the human safety driver behind the wheel was mostly looking down, not at the road. In a tweet, he said he was "very disturbed" by the crash video.

"I found the video to be disturbing and alarming, and it raises many questions about the ability of Uber to continue testing in Arizona, " Ducey wrote. But Uber's fatal accident with a pedestrian in Arizona has sparked outrage. While the system will work only on roads that are fully autonomous, "the communications and calculations we've developed will enable autonomous cars to zip through intersections at full speed or with just a minor slow-down".

A Ducey executive order in August 2015 welcomed self-driving vehicles, promising light state oversight.

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According to a state Department of Transportation spokesperson, the suspension applies only to Uber.

Mobileye, an Israeli unit of Intel that makes software brains that interpret what sensors are seeing, has called for the industry to discuss a framework to validate the safety of autonomous vehicles.

For self-driving cars that's the open road. But Ducey's statement indicated that he - not Uber - would decide when or if they would return.

"The fact that these companies are saying that "We could do it better" means that there is some evidence, at least they feel they have evidence, of better internal standards or better testing", said Shaun Kildare, research director of Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety. A spokesperson for the company told NPR that federal investigators have the vehicle, along with data from its onboard cameras and sensors. The governor of Arizona on Monday suspended Uber's driverless auto testing on the state's roads after originally giving it the green light.

But the accident comes as yet another controversy for a company trying to position itself for a public stock offering.

Uber's reputation had been marred by various scandals including toxic workplace culture and data breaches. Two months after that he held another press conference with Uber over a tiny $25,000 donation by the ride sharing firm to an Arizona university.

The decision follows the fatal crash in Phoenix, in which 49-year-old Elaine Herzberg was walking a bicycle outside the lines of a crosswalk when the self-driving vehicle operated by Rafaela Vasquez hit Herzberg, who later died in a hospital.

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