Photographs of the crash showed that a auto in the background had dents and smashed windows. The Arizona Republic reported that the self-driving tests in Arizona and Pennsylvania will resume. The back seat was empty. Reports revealed that the Uber auto was in self-driving mode when the crash occurred.
A Tempe police spokeswoman talked to Business Insider about the accident.
The crash resulted in one vehicle being dented and another one toppled to its side, as seen in the picture above which flooded Twitter late Friday night. Another auto reportedly failed to yield to the autonomous Uber, and the vehicle was flipped on its side according to Tempe police. Police said the self-driving Uber SUV was obeying the law while the human driver of the other vehicle was cited for a moving violation. However, nobody knows at the moment whether or not they were manually controlling the auto or if it was driving on its own. Authorities in San Francisco cracked down on Uber's self-driving cars in the city after it was found that they were operating without permits. Police investigation even cleared Uber's Volvo SUV of any negligence. The company had temporarily grounded its entire self-driving fleet after the accident, but an Uber spokesperson confirmed that testing in San Francisco had resumed. The cars collided while at high speed and the Uber s vehicle flipping onto its side. Consequently, the California DMV revoked the registration of 16 autonomous vehicles from Uber.
Uber partnered with Volvo to develop its autonomous vehicle technology with the ultimate aim of creating fleets of driverless ride-share vehicles in multiple cities around the world.
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In the era of self-driving cars, a scary but otherwise uneventful vehicle crash can be huge news. There are only two self-driving Ubers operating in San Francisco, and a permitted test driver is behind the wheel of both at all times in case anything should go haywire.
The incident also comes as Uber, and Chief Executive Officer Travis Kalanick, are now under scrutiny because of a series of scandals.
Uber's self-driving cars are already back on public roads in three states after one crashed in Tempe, Arizona, over the weekend.
Uber CEO Travis Kalanick was conspicuously absent from Tuesday's call, though he is in the eye of the storm thrashing the company.
Uber is now involved in a lawsuit regarding the self-driving technology. The Virginia Tech Transportation Institute released a study in 2016 that placed self-driving vehicle crash rates far below the national average. The company has accused Uber of stealing its LIDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) design - a technology vital to autonomous cars. The ride-hailing organization has been blamed for working a sexist work environment.