May 23, 2018

Uber ends Arizona driverless car programme

Uber has pulled the plug on its self-driving car operation in Arizona two months after a pedestrian was killed in an accident involving one of its cars. Uber, best known for its taxi app, began testing its first self-driving cars in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 2016, gradually expanding to other places, including Arizona, San Francisco, California and Toronto. It halted all those operations in March after the crash, which sparked debate about the readiness and safety of driverless car technology. About 300 workers for the firm's self-driving programme in Arizona will lose their jobs. Arizona's governor, who had championed driverless cars, ordered the company to stay off the road amid an outcry over the accident.

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