Uber shuts down self-driving operations in Arizona

Uber is Shutting Down its Self Driving Operations in Arizona

Uber shuts down self-driving operations in Arizona

About 300 employees in Uber's Arizona operations will lose their jobs, according to the Arizona Republic . That, the company said, will follow a "top-to-bottom" safety review after a self-driving Uber smashed into and killed a pedestrian in Tempe without even trying to stop or avoid her.

Herzberg's family settled with Uber later in the month, quelling some of the debate as to who was at fault in what was likely the first death by an autonomous vehicle in the United States, if not the world.

A Tempe police spokesman said it did not appear as if the auto had slowed down before impact.

Uber shuts down self-driving operations in Arizona

Since that time, the company put the program on hiatus while paying the remaining drivers as the National Transportation Safety Board conducted an investigation. The outlet reports that the sensors worked, but the failure to swiftly react was due to how it was tuned at the time of the crash. However, after the self-driving vehicle crash in Tempe, Ducey said he was suspending all of Uber's autonomous tests on state roads. This is still considered an active investigation and as a result, we will not be releasing the report or details of the investigation.

"We're committed to self-driving technology and look forward to returning to public roads in the coming months". Former NTSB chairman Christopher Hart has also been brought aboard to advise on Uber's overall safety culture.

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. Its understood safety drivers and other trial employees were paid despite the shutdown.

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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.

The Uber spokeswoman said the company was in discussions with California regulators, the governor and city officials to operate in San Francisco and Sacramento, although it does not have a timeline.

The ride-hailing company aims to resume self-driving operations this summer, likely with smaller routes and fewer cars, she said.

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Peduto said he and the head of the city's Department of Mobility and Infrastructure told Uber its cars would be limited to 25 miles per hour within the city, no matter the posted speed limit. The company says it will provide outplacement services to support those impacted by this change as they find a career or role outside of Uber.

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