Published: Tue, April 04, 2017
Technology | By Timothy Carter

Uber to resume self-driving auto programme in Arizona, Pittsburgh

Uber to resume self-driving auto programme in Arizona, Pittsburgh

Uber has confirmed that all its autonomous test cars are now back on the road in the United States, following an accident in Arizona on Friday evening that left one of its vehicles flipped on its side.

The company appeared to be in hot water for one of its self-driving vehicles crashing against a auto with a person inside in Arizona recently.

A picture of the badly damaged vehicle was posted online and verified by an Uber spokeswoman who confirmed the incident to Bloomberg.

An Uber spokeswoman said, "Our cars will be back on the road in Tempe and Pittsburgh later today". In fact, owing to these strict rules, Uber moved most of its self-driving auto tests to Arizona in December 2016 as the California Department of Motor Vehicles revoked Uber's autonomous testing permits.

This crash happened after police said a private auto, being driven by a human, failed to give way at an intersection and the two vehicles hit each other.

"The vehicles collided, causing the autonomous vehicle to roll onto its side", the spokesperson said.

Uber has two self-driving cars registered with the California Department of Motor Vehicles. The reason behind this was the recent investigation that is in process for the crash of Uber self-driving vehicle that took place in Arizona. A moving violation is a breach of traffic laws, which occurred when the driver's vehicle was in motion.

"We are continuing to look into this incident and can confirm we had no backseat passengers in the vehicle."
Uber eventually yielded and applied for and received the permit earlier this month.

The driver of the other vehicle was not injured either, but the accident draws attention to the tightrope Uber has been walking. Authorities in San Francisco cracked down on Uber's self-driving cars in the city after it was found that they were operating without permits.

The self-driving auto tests resumed in both cities Monday, after a temporary halt to investigate the accident. Many Arizona residences have chimed in to say that such accidents are common since some people in the area do drive pretty recklessly.

Waymo, the self-driving auto division of Google, recently filed a lawsuit against Uber.

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