Published: Fri, March 30, 2018
Culture | By Wayne Carr

Uber Puts Stop to California AV Testing After Arizona Fatality

Uber Puts Stop to California AV Testing After Arizona Fatality

Alphabet Inc's (GOOGL.O) self-driving auto unit Waymo sued Uber a year ago saying that Levandowski downloaded more than 14,000 confidential documents in 2015 before leaving to start Otto.

After the fatal crash, Gov. Ducey ordered Uber's self-driving cars off the streets in Arizona. It also used seven cameras versus the Ford which has twenty.

Removing LIDAR sensors from the front, back and sides and replacing them with a 360-degree sensor on the roof is more cost-effective but results in a blind spot low to the ground all around the auto.

"California may not want you, but Arizona does", Ducey said when he took the first ride as a passenger in Uber's self-driving cars in April 2017.

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The programme was piloted in August 2017 where 31 applicants from the ST & BC communities were identified by the respective welfare departments who assisted them with the vehicle purchase and post training were on-boarded on Uber as Driver Partners.

Uber declined to comment on Ron's departure, but did say it always remains fully "invested in and excited about the future of Uber Freight". But given what we know of the accident - a pedestrian with a bike appearing close to the vehicle and low down - the combination of a blind spot and disabled radar software could explain why the auto failed to react.

An executive of Velodyne Lidar Inc., a manufacturer of the laser-based sensors deployed in Uber and self-driving cars by other companies, highlighted that its technology could detect the pedestrian.

Herzberg was pushing her bicycle across a highway in Tempe, AZ at 10 pm when an Uber SUV, with a human monitor in the front seat, hit her.

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The safety of Uber's self-driving auto program is under intense scrutiny since Elaine Herzberg, 49, was killed last week after an Uber Volvo XC90 SUV operating in autonomous mode struck and killed her while she was jaywalking with her bicycle in Tempe, Arizona.

Ride-sharing services have an vast amount to gain by eliminating the cost of human resources.

"We think these investigations related to Uber need to play out so we can get the facts, " Scarpinato said. The appeal also cited Uber's decision to ignore city regulations as a choice that harmed cabs' ability to compete and argued that Uber is close to becoming a monopoly by creating an unfair playing field. In return, Uber provided Ducey with a free workspace when he visited San Francisco.

Over the years since taking office, Ducey took frequent opportunities to boost Uber's operations, tweeting about the company's services and welcoming them after they pulled their self-driving cars from California in a dispute with that state's regulators in December 2016 and shipped them to Arizona.

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