After a self-driving vehicle killed a pedestrian near Phoenix earlier this month, The Guardian obtained emails between Uber and Ducey's office showing that the company first been testing self-driving cars in Phoenix in August 2016 without the public's knowledge.
"I want to welcome Uber to Arizona".
While Uber will no longer be testing self-driving vehicles in California, which was considered a small testing ground with only 29 vehicles permitted, and Arizona, the company is still allowed to test on public roads in Pennsylvania and Ontario.
He even personally tweeted about a related Uber food-delivery business at the request of the company's representatives.
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Uber has suspended its testing in the wake of the incident. It's insane that you'd do it early in the testing program, which is where Uber was. "As we develop self-driving technology, safety is our primary concern every step of the way".
The National Transportation Safety Board, the National Highway Traffic Administration, as well as the Tempe Police Vehicular Crimes Unit are still investigating the accident. The company's Ford Fusion cars which were previously deployed had seven LIDAR sensors installed to "watch" the car's environment for obstacles and pedestrians. Rather than moving to quickly get back to testing after the investigation, Uber is going the other way.
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. She had crossed almost the entire four-lane, empty road before being struck by the front right side of the vehicle.
Uber's Australian and New Zealand general manager, Henry Greenacre, says the service is easy and affordable and offers a credible alternative to vehicle ownership.
The Beijing-based Baidu has been tasked by the Chinese government to lead the country's development in driverless auto technology, as China is bolsters its position in the global race for autonomous vehicles. That all sounds well and good until you consider the fact that self-driving cars are created to replace humans because we inherently make mistakes. The Volvo XC90's standard advanced driver-assistance system "has nothing to do" with the Uber test vehicle's autonomous driving system, he said. Bellah Perez said Herzberg's family has no further comment on the matter as they consider it resolved.