Uber taking steps to improve safety of self-driving vehicles, aims to resume testing
Uber Technologies Inc. vowed to improve the safety of its self-driving vehicles as it looks to resume testing of the technology suspended earlier this year after one of its cars struck and killed an Arizona pedestrian.
In a lengthy report Friday, the ride-hailing giant said it would improve its software and training and keep two test drivers in every vehicle, among other measures. Uber said it is applying for a permit with Pennsylvania’s Transportation Department to resume testing of the vehicles in Pittsburgh, where it has an office.
After the fatal collision in Arizona in March, the company halted testing of the robot cars in four cities, closed its Tempe, Ariz., office, and fired about 400 test drivers as part of a broad revamp of the costly program. Some investors and executives have argued the division, known as Advanced Technologies Group, should be shuttered or pared back significantly as costs mounted.
Last year, Uber pulled the second safety driver, who sat in the front passenger seat, from most self-driving vehicles as part of an effort to save costs. The car in the March accident was operated by a single safety driver, the last line of defense, who investigators said was streaming video on her phone in the moments before the crash rather than watching the road.
An expanded version of this report appears on WSJ.com.
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