Uber suspends self-driving car program after Arizona crash

(Reuters) – Uber suspended its pilot program for driverless vehicles on Saturday after a automotive outfitted with the nascent experience crashed on an Arizona roadway, the ride-hailing agency and native police talked about.

The accident, the latest involving a self-driving automotive operated by one among numerous corporations experimenting with autonomous vehicles, introduced on no extreme accidents, Uber talked about.

Even so, the company talked about it was grounding driverless vehicles involved in a pilot program in Arizona, Pittsburgh and San Francisco pending the results of investigation into the crash on Friday evening in Tempe.

“We are continuing to look into this incident,” an Uber spokeswoman talked about in an email correspondence.

The accident occurred when the driving force of a second automotive “failed to yield” to the Uber automotive whereas making a flip, talked about Josie Montenegro, a spokeswoman for the Tempe Police Division.

“The vehicles collided, causing the autonomous vehicle to roll onto its side,” she talked about in an email correspondence. “There were no serious injuries.”

Two ‘safety’ drivers had been throughout the entrance seats of the Uber vehicle, which was in self-driving mode on the time of the crash, Uber talked about in an email correspondence, a traditional requirement for its self-driving vehicles. The once more seat was empty.

Pictures and a video posted on Twitter by Fresco Info, a service that sells content material materials to data outlets, confirmed a Volvo SUV flipped on its aspect after an apparent collision involving two totally different, barely damaged vehicles. Uber talked about the photographs gave the look to be from the Tempe crash scene.

When Uber launched the pilot program in Pittsburgh ultimate 12 months, it talked about that driverless vehicles “require human intervention in many conditions, including bad weather.” It moreover talked about the model new experience had the potential to cut back the number of website guests accidents throughout the nation.

The accident is not the first time a self-driving vehicle has been involved in a collision. A driver of a Tesla Motors Inc <TSLA.O> Model S vehicle working in autopilot mode was killed in a collision with a truck in Williston, Florida in 2016. A self-driving automotive operated by Alphabet Inc’s <GOOGL.O> Google was involved in a crash ultimate 12 months in Mountain View, California, hanging a bus whereas attempting to navigate spherical an obstacle.

The collision comes days after Uber’s former president Jeff Jones surrender decrease than seven months after turning into a member of the San Francisco-based agency, the latest in a string of high-level executives who’ve departed in newest months.

In February, Alphabet’s Waymo self-driving vehicle unit sued Uber and its Otto autonomous trucking subsidiary, alleging theft of proprietary sensor experience.

(Reporting by Gina Cherelus in New York; Modifying by Frank McGurty and Bill Rigby)