Arizona Governor Suspends Uber Self-Driving Program After Fatal Accident

Arizona Governor Suspends Uber Self-Driving Program After Fatal Accident

Waymo's driverless cars hit the streets in April 2016. He then pushed through a law legalizing ride-hailing services like Uber and Lyft, a move his Republican predecessor vetoed the year before.

Fox News Headlines 24/7 anchor Brett Larson discusses the incident, what it means for self-driving auto technology.

Uber on its own had already suspended all of its self-driving testing in Arizona and elsewhere.

Doug Ducey's staff worked with ridesharing company Uber to launch the company's experimental autonomous vehicle program without informing the public, emails obtained by the Guardian revealed.

It all works thusly: You request an Uber ride and plug in your destination as normal, but instead of sending a whole vehicle by itself to you, the app matches you up with riders heading in a similar direction.

If you thought Uber and UberX were gamechangers by themselves, you're about to have your ass blown outta your trousers.

The selected applicants underwent a certification course from Maruti Driving School which included sessions on road safety, vehicle maintenance, driver etiquette and using technology for better customer experience.

"The world is going to go autonomous", Kalanick told Business Insider in 2016.

Ever since one of Uber's self-driving cars killed a woman in Tempe, Arizona earlier this month, their autonomous vehicle program has been on hold.

I'm not sure that was a factor in the Arizona accident, of course.

The Uber crash is being investigated by Tempe police, as well as the National Transportation Safety Board and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Following the accident, Uber took all its self-driving cars off the roads in the four cities they operate. Uber also reduced the number of cameras on the auto from 20 to seven. The new ones being used now have only a single LIDAR mounted on the roof.

It wasn't clear if Herzberg's family had meant to launch a lawsuit against Uber.

Meaning Uber test cars driving by themselves, with human drivers as backup.

Thank you for signing up for our e-newsletter! A camera inside the vehicle also shows the human monitor who appears shocked and surprised when he sees Herzberg come into view. The night was clear and streetlights were lit. A spokesman for Uber declined to comment.

In a separate incident, the National Transportation Safety Board launched an investigation Tuesday into the fatal crash of a Tesla auto equipped with a self-driving system.

To be sure, there are many possible causes of the crash other than the lidar blind spot.

The Verge reports, "The California DMV confirmed that Uber's authority to test self-driving cars in the state will end March 31st following the decision not to renew its license". Operations in those two locations will not be suspended, barring governmental hand-me-downs that mandatorily make Uber stop.

"For example, we look at how can we build a auto in which there is a guarantee that if an obstacle is detected, brakes will be applied within one millisecond", explained Shrivasta.

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