Sunday 22 October 2017

Uber suspends self-driving cars in two US States after crash

An Uber driverless car heads out for a test drive in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
An Uber driverless car heads out for a test drive in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
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Uber has said its self-driving cars remain suspended in Arizona and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, following a crash over the weekend.

There were no serious injuries reported in the incident in Tempe, Arizona on Friday night.

Police said the self-driving Uber SUV was obeying the law while the human driver of the other car was cited for a moving violation.

Uber said it is investigating the incident, adding that there were no passengers in the back seat of the self-driving car.

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The inside of an Uber self-driving car on September 13, 2016 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Photo: ANGELO MERENDINO/AFP/Getty Images

Multiple car-makers and technology companies are testing fleets of self-driving vehicles.

In nearly all cases, the cars have backup drivers who can take the wheel in an emergency.

This is not the first accident involving a semi-autonomous car. Last year, a Tesla driver was killed with the car's Autopilot system engaged.

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