Uber grounds entire self-driving fleet as it probes Arizona crash

Uber has now grounded its full autonomous examine fleet inside the U.S., following an accident in Arizona which left thought-about one among its Volvo SUVs flipped on its aspect earlier presently. The automotive was in self-driving mode on the time of the incident.

As we reported earlier, the company suspended the pilot in Arizona inside the immediate aftermath of the crash. Nonetheless it has now said it’s grounded its full autonomous fleet — so moreover inside the two completely different areas the place it is in the meanwhile piloting the self-driving automobiles: Pittsburg and San Francisco.

“Our vehicles in Arizona remain grounded while we continue our investigation. Our vehicles are grounded in Pittsburgh and SF today as well,” an Uber spokeswoman knowledgeable us.

four hours previously the similar spokeswoman knowledgeable us the fleet was grounded in Arizona nonetheless did not level out the alternative two locations so it appears the company has decided to extend the suspension to this point few hours.

The spokeswoman confirmed that the Arizona grounding will last as long as the size of the investigation into the crash nonetheless added that the broader suspension does not have a set timing — so it’s not clear how prolonged all self-driving Ubers may be parked. Presumably in any case for the rest of presently.

Although Uber pulled the autonomous autos out of SF last December, after a dispute with native regulators, a smaller fleet returned to California’s roads earlier this month — after it was granted a permit to examine two self-driving automobiles. In Phoenix and Pittsburg Uber has been testing 12 automobiles apiece.

All Uber’s examine autos embrace a human driver sitting inside the driver’s seat so that they’re able to take over driving should that be important.

Inside the Arizona incident, whereby no person has been reported considerably injured, the WSJ evaluations native police saying Uber’s self-driving know-how was not answerable for the accident — as a substitute a day by day automobile “failed to yield”.

As we well-known earlier, the crash is just the most recent in a string of harmful data tales for Uber — along with numerous related to its self-driving technology however moreover previous that, with accusations the company has a problem with systemic sexism in its firm custom.

That run of harmful publicity might make clear why it’s taken the selection to err on the aspect of warning on this event and flooring all its autonomous autos, whatever the tech not being accused of culpability.