Uber is withdrawing from the driverless car project, pending the results of an investigation into the accident. Uber is playing it safe.
With one of Uber’s autonomous vehicle crashing on a roadway in Arizona, the ride-hailing company has suspended its pilot program for driverless cars.
The accident which occurred last Saturday, was operated by one of several companies which was experimenting with autonomous driverless technology. It did not cause any injury, said Uber.
On a precautionary note, Uber said it was grounding its driverless cars program in San Francisco, Arizona and Pittsburgh pending an outcome of the investigation into the crash.
“We are continuing to look into this incident,” said an Uber spokeswoman in an email.
The mishap occurred when the driver of a second vehicle “failed to yield” to the Uber vehicle while making a turn, said Josie Montenegro, a spokeswoman for the Tempe Police Department. “The vehicles collided, causing the autonomous vehicle to roll onto its side,” said Montenegro in an e-mail. “There were no serious injuries.”
Uber has clarified that two ‘safety’ drivers were in the front seats of the Uber car, which was in self-driving mode. The back seat was empty.