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Arizona Self-Driving Crash Causes Uber to Suspend Program

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A report out of Arizona said Uber has suspended its self-driving car operations after one of its vehicles was involved in a crash.

The accident left one of the company’s driverless Volvos on its side, but fortunately led to no serious injuries.

A picture of the crash scene shows two other damaged cars sitting next to the Volvo, one of which has smashed windows and particularly bad dent marks, suggesting the accident happened at some speed.

“The vehicles collided, causing the autonomous vehicle to roll onto its side,” Tempe Police Department spokesperson Josie Montenegro told Reuters. “There were no serious injuries.”

Two ‘safety’ drivers were sat in the front seats of the Uber car at the time of the crash, and nobody was in the back.

According to Ms Montenegro, the crash happened when the driver of a second vehicle “failed to yield” to the Uber car while making a turn.

Uber is looking into the incident, and has halted its self-driving car programs in Arizona, Pennsylvania and California – the three states in which testing was taking place – while its investigations are ongoing.

For those who use ridesharing companies like Uber, it is important to know what to do if you are ever in an accident, understand who is at fault in the event of a ridesharing crash, and how to receive payment for any injuries or other losses you sustain.

 

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