Wednesday, 25 April, 2018

Arizona suspends Uber's driverless vehicle testing after deadly accident

Uber driver speaking with police Uber driver speaking with police
Scott Davis | 30 March, 2018, 00:41

Exactly what does the word "secret" mean?

"I found the video to be disturbing and alarming, and it raises many questions about the ability of Uber to continue testing in Arizona", Ducey wrote. He then pushed through a law legalizing ride-hailing services like Uber and Lyft, a move his Republican predecessor vetoed the year before.

The Guardian's revelations come less than two weeks after a woman in Tempe died after being struck by a self-driving Uber.

Uber suspended its autonomous vehicle testing program in Arizona, California, Pittsburgh and Toronto after the crash.

The Beijing-based Baidu has been tasked by the Chinese government to lead the country's development in driverless auto technology, as China is bolsters its position in the global race for autonomous vehicles. This week, Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey added to Uber's woes by suspending its driverless testing program in his state, calling the March 18 incident "an unquestionable failure" to safely test self-driving cars. I'll bet Uber already has a pretty good idea of what happened, but so far they aren't telling.

Toyota and chipmaker Nvidia have also followed suit and announced that they will immediately be halting their self-driving technology tests on public roads.




The comments stand in contrast to high-profile accidents in industries such as aviation, where competitors nearly never comment publicly about each other during investigations. When they will be completed remains anyone's guess.

Herzberg was killed March 18 as she walked her bike across a dark street in Tempe, a Phoenix suburb.

The Arizona Democratic Party blasted Ducey after the email revelations.

The company, which recently was granted a license to carry out autonomous driving road tests in Beijing, is a partner of the Xiongan local government in developing smart transport and autonomous driving. Uber's accident, he said, "is an unquestionable failure to comply with this expectation".

"We remain fully invested in and excited about the future of Uber Freight", an Uber spokesperson said in a statement.

In essence, Ducey and his supporters now seem to suggest that because it was known back in 2015 that he supported self-driving cars, neither he nor Uber were under any obligation to disclose to the public precisely when Uber's AVs hit the road in August 2016.

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