May 27th, 2018 10:15 pm
Uber Shutting down Self Driving programs in the Arizona
From Matt McFarland from CNN
“The tech company announced on Wednesday it will lay off 300 Uber workers in Arizona. It said it will focus on its autonomous vehicle efforts in San Francisco and Pittsburgh.
Most of those impacted by the layoffs are vehicle operators, who were paid to supervise the vehicles during tests. Uber said it will provide outplacement services, such as resume building and interview prep.
The news came two months after one of its self-driving Volvos struck and killed a pedestrian in Tempe, Arizona. It was the first known fatality involving a fully autonomous vehicle, and a black eye for the industry.
Arizona had been widely regarded as the most welcoming state for self-driving vehicles. In December 2016, Arizona governor Doug Ducey said in a statement, “Arizona welcomes Uber self-driving cars with open arms and wide open roads.” ”
“But following the fatality, Ducey suspended Uber’s ability to test on state roads. Since the crash, Uber has been cooperating with a National Transportation Safety Board investigation.
Uber said it plans to resume tests on public roads in Pittsburgh this summer — once the NTSB’s preliminary report has been released.”
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