Uber Continues Self-driving Pilot Program After Accident

Apr 03, 2017 09:00 PM EDT | JP Olvido

Just after a few days of its self-driving cars getting in to an accident, ride-sharing service provider Uber placed its autonomous vehicles back on the road. The company has continued with its self-driving pilot program in three cities.

Uber resumes self-driving pilot program after accident. The ride-sharing service provider had suspended its self-driving pilot program on Friday after one of its vehicles figured in an accident with manually driven vehicle. The Uber vehicle was in self-driving mode when the other car failed to yield to it which resulted to the other car crashing into it.

The company ended its investigation after clearing the vehicles to resume its self-driving pilot program in the cities of Tempe, San Francisco, and Pittsburgh. This is according to a spokeswoman for the company who requested to be left unnamed.

Josie Montenegro, a spokesperson for Tempe's police department said, "The vehicles collided, causing the autonomous vehicle to roll onto its side." The required driver and the engineer in the company's Volvo SUV that figured in the car crash did not sustain any injuries.

According to Tempe Police Department Detective Lily Duran, a full report on the crash is expected to come out as early as the middle of this week. Duran has mentioned that the company's vehicle involved in the crash is not at fault.

The accident isn't the first time that the company's self-driving vehicles were put in the spotlight. Back in December of last year, the company got involved in a standoff with the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) when it refused to apply for the needed permit to operate its autonomous vehicles in San Francisco's public roads. The DMV had to revoke the registration of the all of the company's 16 self-driving cars then. The company eventually conceded and applied for the permit which it received earlier in the month.

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