Uber resumes self-driving car program after brief suspension

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Shortly after, Uber confirmed that no back-seat passengers were inside the vehicle.

A Tempe police spokeswoman told Bloomberg that the Uber vehicle was not responsible for the crash and that there were no injuries. Tempe police found that the Uber vehicle was not responsible for the incident. Another auto reportedly failed to yield to the autonomous Uber, and the vehicle was flipped on its side according to Tempe police.

While relatively safe right now, Peduto said ultimately self-driving cars will reduce accidents and fatalities to a fraction of what they are today. However, they add that as the technology evolves so will the safety of everyone on the road. "We are continuing to look into this incident, and can confirm we had no backseat passengers in the vehicle", an Uber spokesperson said in a statement provided to The Atlantic.

In December of previous year, California banned Uber from testing driverless vehicles in the state after the company released its fleet of automated cars onto San Francisco's streets without seeking permission from the city to do so.

But that testing hit a bump in the road with the firm briefly suspending operations in San Francisco, Pittsburgh and Arizona, while an investigation was carried out.

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In San Francisco Uber hasn't started picking up passengers with the self-driving cars, they are now only using two vehicles for mapping purposes, and they are driven manually by Uber drivers. Waymo, Alphabet Inc.'s autonomous driving business that is also testing driverless vehicles in Arizona, sued an Uber unit called Otto earlier this year for allegedly stealing designs for an important component of driverless cars known as lidar.

The ride-hailing company ran its self-driving-car tests in California for just a week prior to moving to Arizona.

As per the images that were circulating on Twitter, one of Uber's Volvo self-driving SUVs is envisioned on its side by another auto with scratches and crushed windows. Consequently, the California DMV revoked the registration of 16 autonomous vehicles from Uber. In Pittsburgh, home to Uber's research center on self-driving technologies, city officials contacted the company on Saturday (March 25) to learn more about the incident.

In Arizona, companies such as Uber only need to carry minimum liability insurance policies to operate self-driving cars. The cars were seen driving through red lights. Uber is planning to integrate those self-driving cars into their main ride hailing service.

Uber's self-driving cars are already back on public roads in three states after one crashed in Tempe, Arizona, over the weekend. The video showing Travis Kalanick in a heated argument with a driver was the latest such controversy.