Uber Technologies Inc.is suspending its self-driving auto program after one of its autonomous vehicles was involved in a high-impact crash in Tempe, Arizona, the latest incident for a company reeling from multiple crises. There were no serious injuries, and Uber avoided yet another round of bad press even as its vehicle could not avoid a auto allegedly making an illegal left turn into it.
The accident is not the first time a self-driving auto has been involved in a collision.
One of Uber's self-driving Volvo SUVs appears to have collided with another vehicle whilst in autonomous mode.
An Uber spokeswoman told Reuters the company is "continuing to look into this incident", but the company is grounding self-driving cars in Arizona, Pittsburgh, and San Francisco pending the outcome of the investigation.
The company had also grounded self-driving cars in San Francisco over the weekend but they resumed operating earlier on Monday.
The ride-hailing company ran its self-driving-car tests in California for just a week prior to moving to Arizona. Uber has confirmed the incident, and announced that their autonomous vehicle testing will be suspended until a thorough investigation is completed.
She said that the crash took place because a motorist in another auto had not yielded to the Uber vehicle at a left turn.
This isn't the first time one of the company's automated cars was involved in a traffic incident.
Uber faces a lawsuit from Alphabet's self-driving vehicle company, Waymo, which claims Uber stole trade secrets following its hiring of Anthony Levandowski, a former engineer on Google's self-driving auto team.
Uber's self-driving cars will return to Pittsburgh's streets Monday, the company said this afternoon. A video posted in 2016 showed one autonomous system-equipped XC90 (with a driver behind the wheel) rolling through a red light, which caused a minor controversy for Uber. No injuries were reported as a result of the accident.
The transport company Uber has suspended tests of its self-driving cars after a vehicle was involved in a crash in the U.S. state of Arizona. Since then, Uber clashed with the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) regarding testing permits it argued are unnecessary and was also hit with a lawsuit filed by Alphabet's self-driving unit Waymo that alleges the company stole LiDAR designs and other trade secrets with the goal of catching up to its competitors.
Uber had shifted testing operations to Arizona a year ago, after a dispute with the California Department of Motor Vehicles, which required companies operating self-driving cars to report on their operations.