Uber banned unmanned vehicle tests in ArizonaMarch 27, 2018
The state authorities took such measures after a fatal accident involving an autonomous company car
The Governor of Arizona, Doug Dewsey, banned the testing of Uber unmanned vehicles on public roads. According to him, such measures were taken after the deadly road accident involving the company’s autonomous machine and are temporary.
“Improving the provision of public safety has always been the basic position of Arizona’s approach to testing autonomous vehicles. The same principle is central to all those who apply such technology on the roads of our state. The incident that took place on March 18 is an undeniable failure to fulfill these demands, “the letter says.
Uber unmanned vehicle killed a female bicyclist in Arizona on March 18. The tragedy occurred in the city of Tempe near the pedestrian crossing. At the time of the accident, the machine moved off-line. This is the first recorded case of human death as a result of a collision of an unmanned vehicle.
According to police, there was a driver in the car. However, he did not manage to take control of himself. The official cause of the accident is not yet called. According to preliminary data, there is no fault with the drone in the accident. The Volvo car was moving autonomously at a speed of 61 km / h. The woman suddenly jumped on the road, as a result, the system simply did not have time to react to the danger.
In 2016, Uber launched in the test mode a service for online taxi call, controlled by an autopilot. To do this, the company uses Volvo cars equipped with an unmanned system. In addition, in the park Uber are Ford Fusion with a hybrid power plant.