Uber Ends All of its Self-Driving Operations in California

Arizona's governor has suspended self-driving Uber cars from the state's public roads

Arizona's governor has suspended self-driving Uber cars from the state's public roads

On March 18, a self-driving Uber auto crashed into a 49-year old woman who was crossing a four-lane road in Tempe, Arizona.

Police there released the footage, along with dashcam video of the road in the final seconds before the pedestrian, who was walking with a bicycle, is struck on a poorly lit highway.

The San Francisco-based company told the California Department of Motor Vehicles that it will let its license expire at the end of the month, according to a letter from the department's deputy director.

In the letter Ducey said he expected public safety would be "the top priority for all who operate this technology in the state of Arizona".

Yesterday (26 March), Associated Press reported that the governor of Arizona, Doug Ducey, suspended the company's self-driving privileges.

A fatal accident involving a driver-less auto has sidelined Uber vehicles here in Pittsburgh and across the nation, and now Mayor Bill Peduto is weighing in on when they might be back on the local roads.

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Ducey signed an executive order initially in 2015 and then updated it just weeks before the accident to bring it further up-to-date with federal laws.

In the letter, a copy of which was obtained by AZCentral, Ducey said safety was his primary reason for suspending the self-driving tests.

The DMV responded on Tuesday confirming Uber's decision. The bulk of Uber's testing was in Arizona, but it was also driving autonomous vehicles on roads in San Francisco, Pittsburgh and Toronto. Herzberg was transported to a nearby hospital, where she died.

The accident involving one of Uber's self-driving cars is now under investigation by the Tempe Police Department and the National Transportation Safety Board. In comparison, Cars from Waymo, the self-driving unit of Google parent Alphabet, which has logged the most self-driving miles of any company, went about 5,6000 miles between interventions in California, according to its disengagement reports. "We continue to help investigators in any way we can, and we'll keep a dialogue open with the governor's office going forward", said Matt Kallman, a spokesman for Uber.

Opinion: Self-driving vehicle accidents will keep happening. In comparison, South Korea only permits "robot cars" to hit the roads after their actual performance has been examined by the authorities. To put that in context, Waymo's cars drove an average of 5,500 miles before a driver had to intervene during testing in California previous year.

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