SCANDAL PRONE TAXI FIRM Uber has resumed its testing of self-driving vehicles after the programme was temporarily halted following a serious crash on Friday.
Uber told Reuters that its investigation into the incident has cleared its self-driving vehicles in three cities - Tempe, San Francisco, and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, adding that it will resume now its testing of autonomous vehicles.
The crash, which happened in Arizona last week, saw one of Uber's autonomous cars collide with another vehicle, leaving the driverless vehicle on its side in the middle of the road (above).
Uber has confirmed that the car involved, a heavily modified Volvo SUV, was in self-driving mode at the time of the crash.
As required by law, there was a human behind the wheel of the car. However, while initial reports said there was someone in the back of the vehicle, Uber has confirmed this wasn't the case.
"We are continuing to look into this incident and can confirm we had no backseat passengers in the vehicle," an Uber spokesperson said to TechCrunch in a statement, noting that it is looking at whether the passenger could have reacted sooner to the incident, or if updates to the vehicle's software could have helped the car itself react sooner to the situation.
The accident occurred when the driver of a second vehicle "failed to yield" to the Uber vehicle while making a turn, said a spokesperson for the Tempe Police Department.
"The vehicles collided, causing the autonomous vehicle to roll onto its side," the spokesperson said. "There were no serious injuries.
This is the second incident an Uber self-driving car has been involved in. The previous crash happened in California last December when one of its vehicles failed to stop at a red light. µ
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