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Uber suspends self-driving car tests after crash in Arizona

Neither driver suffered serious injuries.

 

Samantha Grasso

Tech

Uber is suspending testing of its self-driving cars, according to the New York Times.

The news came a day after one of Uber’s self-driving cars was involved in a crash in Tempe, Arizona. According to the Tempe Police Department via the Times, a Volvo XC90 SUV was hit Friday when another driver failed to yield, causing Uber’s car to roll over on its side.

Though the Volvo was in self-driving mode, the police department said the vehicle was not at fault. Uber spokesperson Chelsea Kohler told the Times that neither driver suffered serious injuries and that Uber is suspending Arizona testing pending the results of the investigation of the accident.

Uber also suspended testing in Pittsburgh and San Francisco for Saturday, though there is a possibility of that suspension being extended.

The crash and Uber’s testing suspension comes after two months of turbulence at the company, including multiple workplace sexual harassment claims, a campaign for users to delete their Uber apps in disagreement with the company’s behavior, its CEO caught on tape swearing at a driver, and the company president’s exit earlier this week after just six months at the helm.

“We are continuing to look into this incident and can confirm we had no back-seat passengers in the vehicle,” Kohler told the Times in a statement.

H/T New York Times

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