Self-driving vehicles

Uber’s self-driving cars are off Pittsburgh roads following a crash in Arizona

The company couldn’t say Saturday when testing would resume.

Jasmine Goldband / The Incline
MJ Slaby

Update 9:50 a.m. Monday: 

Uber returned its self-driving cars to San Francisco streets —where operations were also suspended following the Friday crash in Arizona — on Monday morning, per a company spokesperson.

Self-driving cars in Pittsburgh and Arizona are still grounded, but are expected to return to the roads soon, per the spokesperson.

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Uber’s self-driving cars are off Pittsburgh roads with no timetable for return, the company confirmed to The Incline.

The cars were grounded Saturday after one of Uber’s self-driving Volvos was in a collision Friday in Tempe, Ariz., according to a company spokesperson.

According to ABC 15 in Arizona:

A car failed to yield to the autonomous SUV and hit it, authorities said. The self-driving SUV rolled onto its side as a result crash. […] Police say the driver of the other car was cited for a moving violation.

The Volvo was in self-driving mode when the incident happened, per Uber, but no one was seriously hurt, and there were no backseat passengers. The company is looking into the incident and has grounded cars in Pittsburgh and Arizona, in the meantime.

Uber recently marked six months of its pilot program picking up Pittsburghers in self-driving cars. The self-driving Volvos were picking up riders in nine neighborhoods in Pittsburgh.

Since the public rides started, there have been no reportable incidents here involving self-driving Uber vehicles, Pittsburgh public safety spokeswoman Emily Schaffer said Friday. Collisions are generally reported to police only if there is a physical injury or damage to a vehicle.

However, there have been several fender-benders in Pittsburgh, and one incident where a self-driving Uber went the wrong way on a one-way street in Oakland. Uber confirmed that in at least one of the fender-benders, the car was not in autonomous mode.

During a National League of Cities conference in November in Pittsburgh, David Plouffe, Uber senior vice president of policy and strategy, said Uber was working on a way to share information with the public about fender benders, but no plans have been confirmed.

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