Uber Doesn't Plan To Renew Self-Driving Permit In California

30 March, 2018, 00:19 | Author: Angelina Schmidt
  • Uber Doesn't Plan To Renew Self-Driving Permit In California

Uber and Nvidia Corp, a microchip developer, have temporarily stopped the testing of self-driving vehicles.

I'm not sure that was a factor in the Arizona accident, of course. The spokesperson stressed Uber's "proactive" steps in suspending testing after the crash, not only in Arizona but in all other test cities - Pittsburgh, San Francisco and Toronto.

After the fatal crash, Gov. Ducey ordered Uber's self-driving cars off the streets in Arizona.

Herzberg died after being hit by an Uber self-driving SUV in Tempe earlier this month.

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Uber had already suspended its autonomy program in Arizona immediately following the accident in a move that the company described as proactive.

The Uber crash is being investigated by Tempe police, as well as the National Transportation Safety Board and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The company's Ford Fusion cars which were previously deployed had seven LIDAR sensors installed to "watch" the car's environment for obstacles and pedestrians.

The comments stand in contrast to high-profile accidents in industries such as aviation, where competitors nearly never comment publicly about each other during investigations.

Taxicab companies and a trade group, the Philadelphia Taxi Association, claimed that Uber had an unfair advantage by being allowed to enter Philadelphia in October 2014 without having to comply with various local regulations governing taxis.

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"Inundating the Philadelphia taxicab market with Uber vehicles, even if it served to eliminate competitors, was not anticompetitive", she wrote.

It was reportedly the first fatality in the US involving a self-driving vehicle. The Volvo XC90's standard advanced driver-assistance system "has nothing to do" with the Uber test vehicle's autonomous driving system, he said.

Mobileye, an Israeli unit of Intel that makes software brains that interpret what sensors are seeing, has called for the industry to discuss a framework to validate the safety of autonomous vehicles. According to some of their former employees, that created a "blind spot" around the auto where it can't "see" pedestrians.

One former Uber employee involved in testing both the Fusions and Volvo SUVs said that during a test run in late 2016, the Volvo failed to see a delivery truck's tailgate lift that extended into the street, and the auto almost hit it going 35 miles-per-hour. The law firm representing Herzberg's daughter and husband, whose names were not disclosed, said they would have no further comment on the matter as they considered it resolved.

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