Uber suspends self-driving testing program in Arizona
In wake of a car crash involving one of its autonomous cars, Uber has officially suspended its self-driving testing program in the U.S. state of Arizona.
An image posted on Twitter showed a self-driving Uber Volvo car half-capsized on one of its sides. Dents and smashed windows of the vehicle indicated that it was a high-impact accident iin Tempe, Arizona.
Validating the crash, a spokesperson for the company said that Uber officially halted its self-driving testing program in Arizona as well as pushed pause on Pittsburgh operations until it finishes a probe into the incident.
It is the latest setback for a company that is already facing a range of controversies as the company is already reeling under allegations of sexual harassment and technology theft, in addition to soaring financial losses.
Google’s parent firm Alphabet’s self-driving car unit Waymo has filed a lawsuit against Uber, claiming it is using its stolen technology in its self-driving cars. It claims that former Google executive Anthony Levandowski stole the technology and left the company to start his own business called Otto, which was later acquired by Uber.
Waymo requested the court to issue an injunction against Otto as well as Uber. A hearing on the injunction motion is scheduled for 27th of April this year.