Arizona suspends Uber self-driving car tests

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Arizona suspends Uber self-driving car tests. Gov. Doug Ducey on Monday sent a letter to the CEO of Uber on suspending the tests of self-driving cars on Arizona roads after a fatal accident March 18.

Uber pulled its self-driving cars off the roads, but after video was released of the accident last week, Ducey said he needed to act to protect the safety of Arizonans.

Improving public safety has always been the emphasis of Arizona’s approach to autonomous vehicle testing, and my expectation is that public safety is also the top priority for all who operate this technology in the state of Arizona,” Ducey said in his letter to CEO Dara Khosrowshahi.

Uber said that company would cooperate with the accident investigation and the governor. “We proactively suspended self-driving operations in all cities immediately following the tragic incident last week,” Uber’s statement said.

“We continue to help investigators in any way we can, and we’ll keep a dialogue open with the Governor’s office to address any concerns they have,” it added. Ducey said he directed the Arizona Department of Transportation to suspend Uber’s ability to test and operate autonomous vehicles.

The accident revealed that the advanced sensors being used by Uber are perhaps not as capable as they have been described. Waymo and Uber are working toward full automation in which cars can operate on their own in designated regions.

The cars have now been off the roads for a week as the National Transportation Safety Board and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration investigate the fatal crash.