Uber is closing down screening of self-driving vehicles in Arizona after among its automobiles eliminated a pedestrian in a March crash. In an internal e-mail, Uber executive Eric Meyhofer composed that Uber would be moving its focus to Pittsburgh, where the business has actually been checking self-driving cars and trucks considering that 2016, and San Francisco, where Uber is locateded.
Uber’s screening program has actually been grounded across the country given that the March crash, however previously it wasn’t understood for how long it would require to return operating. Uber wishes to resume checking in Pittsburgh this summertime.
Meyhofer likewise showed that Uber would be altering how it evaluated its driverless cars and trucks. “When we return on the road, we plan to drive in a lot more restricted method to test particular usage cases,” Meyhofer composed. “Taking this method will permit us to constantly develop the security elements of our software application and running treatments. We have actually likewise utilized the past 2 months to enhance our simulation ability, which will permit us to be more effective with our use of roadway miles.”
About 200 Uber staff members in Arizona– a number of them security motorists– will lose their tasks, the Arizona Republic reports.
Meyhofer’s complete e-mail is replicated listed below.
We’ve made the tough call to wind down operations in Phoenix. As you know, there’s been a public call for the suspension of our self-driving program on Arizona’s public roads and we have decided to refocus the bulk of our efforts in our engineering hubs in San Francisco and Pittsburgh. This is the best path forward as we work to get back on the road as soon as possible.
To be clear, we are not shutting down our self-driving program. We are actively working to make our return to the road a reality with a goal of resuming operations in Pittsburgh this summer. We are also in conversations with the California Governor, California DMV and cities of San Francisco and Sacramento.
When we get back on the road, we intend to drive in a much more limited way to test specific use cases in concert with our Software and Hardware development teams. Taking this approach will allow us to continually hone the safety aspects of our software and operating procedures. We have also used the past two months to strengthen our simulation capability, which will allow us to be more efficient with our use of road miles.
Our return to public roads is tied to securing the proper testing permits alongside our safety improvements. We remain focused on our safety review, which is evaluating everything from the safety of our system to our vehicle operator training.
We’ll be sharing the following media statement:
“We’re committed to self-driving technology and look forward to returning to public roads in the coming months. 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.”
I appreciate your staying the course during this difficult time and truly believe that together we can realize the potential of this technology.