Autonomous Car Program: As per recent reports, the well-known, transportation network firm, Uber has stopped their self-driving testing schedule in Arizona which resulted in halting of up to 300 employees. The employees who were dismissed were probing operators or drivers. The company took such serious step after a collision between a pedestrian and the company’s vehicle, which happened two months before, in March. The pedestrian (Elaine Herzberg) who died in the mishap was 49-year-old.
Since the year 2016, Uber was actively working on the completion of its self-driving technology. However, the unfortunate accident forced the company to stop the project in March. The Autonomous Car Program is now delayed. Indeed, Arizona governor’s department also momentarily interrupted Ubers’ testing program. The case is still under Tempe police and National Transportation Safety Board for investigation purpose. Uber also tried to end the case by offering compensation to the victim’s family, yet there is no sign of reconciliation.
Uber has stopped the autonomous vehicle testing in the state and refused to renew their license for this project in California. Doug Ducey, Governor of Arizona also eliminated Uber’s permission for the autonomous vehicle test in the country. The Governor said that after watching the incident’s footage they cannot allow Uber to proceed the project in Arizona.
Regarding the report, Uber also claimed their statement. “We’re committed to self-driving technology, and we look forward to returning to public roads in the near future […] In the meantime, we remain focused on our top-to-bottom safety review, having brought on former NTSB Chair Christopher Hart to advise us on our overall safety culture.”
The company is testing the semi-autonomous vehicle in three countries including Arizona. The transportation firm doesn’t have any hopes to examine their self-testing car in Arizona in coming years so, from now, they will concentrate on testing in San Francisco and Pittsburgh. National Transportation Safety Board is still investigating the matter to discover culprit of the accident which may be the software, the driver or the victim himself. Hence, the company has not claimed any statement regarding the testing in a specific country for now.
Somehow Uber investigated the matter and discovered that the software detected the pedestrian by a semi-autonomous Volvo which was driven by Uber when the victim was passing by the road. Although, the software didn’t stop the vehicle as it worked according to the technology which adapted to be moderate when anything comes in its way and it can be “false positives” like a trash bag.
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