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Uber suspends self-driving program

Monday, March 27, 2017 - 01:20

Uber Technology suspends its self-driving car program after an early model crashed on an Arizona roadway. Fred Katayama reports.

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BROADCASTERS: PART OF VIDEO WITH CRASH FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY / MUST COURTESY FRESCO NEWS/MARK BEACH. DIGITAL: FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY / MUST COURTESY FRESCO NEWS/MARK BEACH Uber grounding its autonomous car program after one of its self-driving cars crashed and ended up on its side in Tempe, Arizona. Police said the crash happened Friday evening when a driver of another vehicle didn't yield to the Uber car while making a turn. There were no serious injuries. Two 'safety' drivers were in the front seats of the Uber car, which was in self-driving mode at the time of the crash, Uber said in an email. Following the incident, the company grounded all its driverless cars involved in a pilot program in Arizona, Pittsburgh and San Francisco. Michelle Krebs, senior analyst at Autotrader. (SOUNDBITE) MICHELLE KREBS, SENIOR ANALYST, AUTOTRADER, (ENGLISH) SAYING: "It's new technology that's operating in a world where there's no other self-driving cars. There're human drivers who make errors, and it's a new technology, I think it's just something to be expected within the new technology. Unfortunately, Uber's had a really rough go, though, the last week or so, and that certainly doesn't help its reputation." It's not the first time a self-driving car has been involved in a collision. A driver of a Tesla Model S car operating in autopilot mode was killed in a collision with a truck in Williston, Florida, in 2016. Google's self-driving vehicle hit a bus last year in Mountain View, California.

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Uber suspends self-driving program

Monday, March 27, 2017 - 01:20