Ari­zona crash: Uber sus­pends self-driv­ing car pro­gramme

New Straits Times - - Business -

SAN FRAN­CISCO: Uber Tech­nolo­gies Inc is sus­pend­ing its self­driv­ing car pro­gramme after one of its au­ton­o­mous ve­hi­cles was in­volved in a high-im­pact crash in Tempe, Ari­zona, the lat­est in­ci­dent for a com­pany reel­ing from mul­ti­ple crises.

In a photo posted on Twit­ter, one of Uber’s Volvo self-driv­ing sport util­ity ve­hi­cles (SUVs) is pic­tured on its side next to an­other car with dents and smashed win­dows.

An Uber spokesman con­firmed the in­ci­dent, and the ve­rac­ity of the photo, and added that the ride-hail­ing com­pany was sus­pend­ing its au­ton­o­mous tests in Ari­zona un­til it com­pleted its in­ves­ti­ga­tion and paus­ing its Pitts­burgh op­er­a­tions.

The Uber ve­hi­cle was not re­spon­si­ble for the in­ci­dent and there were no in­juries, said Tempe po­lice in­for­ma­tion of­fi­cer Josie Mon­tene­gro.

An­other car failed to yield for the Uber car, caus­ing the au­ton­o­mous ve­hi­cle to flip on its side, ac­cord­ing to the po­lice re­port.

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