Uber will resume testing self-driving cars in ‘a few months,’ says Dara Khosrowshahi,the CEO. Uber grounded its fleet of autonomous vehicles in the wake of a fatal crash in Tempe, Arizona .
The announcement was made in the stage of Uber’s second annual Elevate conference in Los Angeles.He expected the company’s autonomous vehicles to be back on the road soon after the release of the National Traffic Safety Board’s report, as well as a “top-to-bottom” internal safety review Uber was conducting at its Advance Technologies Group in Pittsburgh.
The crash occurred at night in early March in Tempe, Arizona. The Uber vehicle was headed northbound when a woman, identified as 49-year-old Elaine Herzberg, was struck while pushing a bicycle across the street. Herzberg was taken to the hospital, where she later died from her injuries.In the wake of the crash, signs have emerged that Uber’s self-driving program was potentially fraught with risk.
When it resumes, Uber’s self-driving car program may look quite different than it did before the fatal crash. Arizona has moved to restrict the company from testing its vehicles in the state. And Uber has declined to renew its testing license in California. That would leave Pittsburgh, where Uber has been testing its vehicles for several years, as the sole outpost for Uber’s program.