Uber planning to reignite its self-driving car testingBy Robin-Leigh Chetty 10 May 2018 | Categories: News
Uber held its second Elevate event in Los Angeles this week, with the company detailing its ambitious plans for flying taxis to be operating in the City of Angels in 2020. Uber's plans for the road, however, were not off the table for discussion, with CEO Dara Khosrowshahi confirming to The Verge that they will be restarting their self-driving program in a couple of months.
Khosrowshahi did not give a precise date for when things would be back up and running again, but did mention that they were waiting for a preliminary report from US federal investigators following a fatal crash involving one of Uber's autonomous vehicles in March.
It has since been discovered that a software bug was the result of the crash. Uber found that its self-driving car was able to detect the woman, identified as Elaine Herzberg, who was struck, but the vehicle opted not to swerve and try to avoid hitting it.
Whether or nor more stringent measures, such as more safety drivers for the vehicles or significant improvements to the software, will be made before the program reignites, is unclear at this stage.
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