While the federal government has voluntary guidelines for companies that want to test autonomous vehicles, many states, including MI and Arizona, have taken a largely hands-off approach, hoping to gain jobs from the new technology. But Peduto isn't quite ready to welcome with open arms Uber's autonomous-vehicle testing back to Pittsburgh.
In a statement, the company said it was looking forward to getting back on the roads in the near future and that it remains committed to its "top-to-bottom" safety review.
Now, it seems Uber is avoiding the risk of a fatal collision entirely by shutting down their Arizona operations until further notice, though an internal memo claims the shut down is not necessarily permanent. Uber says it will provide career coaching and job help for its Arizona employees.
According to the Arizona Republic, about 200 Uber employees in Arizona, a lot of them vehicle drivers, will lose their jobs.
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The ride-hailing company aims to resume self-driving operations this summer, likely with smaller routes and fewer cars, she said. The company will instead focus on testing in Pittsburgh and San Francisco.
Arizona had been widely regarded as the most welcoming state for self-driving vehicles. Neither the car's systems nor Vasquez stopped the vehicle in time, and the precise reasons are under investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board.
Sacramento has held conversations with many autonomous vehicle developers, and is not deterred by Uber's crash in Arizona. Pittsburgh was home to Uber's first road tests more than two years ago and is the site of the company's test track.
At the time, Uber said it had been testing two self-driving vehicles in Toronto for months, but the automobiles had not been picking up passengers. One angle showed the person behind the driver's seat looking down, possibly at a phone; the other through the windshield showed the vehicle hitting the woman.
Machover added that when they return to the testing unmanned vehicles on public roads will ensure enhanced safety and obtained proper authorization for testing.