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Co-founder of Uber's self-driving unit leaving company

30 March 2018

It's unrealistic to think that this will be the last fatal crash an autonomous vehicle is involved in.

In 2016, Uber chose to shift from using Ford Fusion cars to Volvo XC90s for its self-driving auto program.

According to the report, this wasn't a minor design change. It also used seven cameras versus the Ford which has twenty. The result is a vehicle with more blind spots compared to its earlier generations as well as compared to those of their rivals.

The move follows a March 18 crash in Tempe, Ariz., in which an Uber vehicle operating in autonomous mode struck and killed a pedestrian.

In scaling back to a single lidar on the Volvo, Uber introduced a blind zone around the perimeter of the SUV that can not fully detect pedestrians, according to interviews with former employees and Raj Rajkumar, the head of Carnegie Mellon University's transportation center who has been working on self-driving technology for over a decade.

Velodyne is not the only company distancing itself from Uber.

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"We do not think this will affect our schedule", Price said in an email.

After the DMV said it would revoke the cars' registrations, Uber pulled them out of the state to shift those tests to Arizona.

The court also found no evidence to support the cab companies' contention that Uber acted with the intention of creating a monopoly. In the meantime, Uber may choose to continue developing self-driving vehicle technology in private on closed courses.

The turning point appeared to be the release by police of the video from the dashboard of the Uber showing the moments before the Volvo SUV hit 49-year-old Elaine Herzberg at almost 40 miles per hour as she crossed a road in Tempe.

The safety of Uber's self-driving vehicle program is under intense scrutiny since Elaine Herzberg, 49, was killed last week after an Uber Volvo XC90 SUV operating in autonomous mode struck and killed her while she was jaywalking with her bicycle in Tempe, Arizona.

The company supplies the chips for Uber's autonomous cars and has five test cars of its own operating in California and New Jersey.

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The ride-sharing app says with the city's population booming its new service, UberPOOL, will help get more people into fewer cars. It's insane that you'd do it early in the testing program, which is where Uber was. Uber immediately sent those vehicles to Arizona, where Ducey welcomed them.

Uber plans to end all autonomous-car testing in California for the foreseeable future, according to a letter from the state Department of Motor Vehicles to the company.

This is what OVER-regulation looks like! At the time, though, the governor failed to mention that Uber had been secretly testing such vehicles in the state since August. The fall-out from the accident could impede the research, development, and testing of self-driving vehicles. Google's former self-driving auto project, Waymo, only required human intervention for every 5,600 miles.

Critics charge that Arizona's loose approach may have encouraged Uber to take more risks with its program, especially since it was behind rivals in the technology stakes.

Dara Khosrowshahi, CEO of Uber.

In the earliest days of his administration, Ducey ordered a state agency to stop citing Uber drivers for violating the state's taxicab laws.

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The company's handling of gender and race equality has been closely watched since a widely read blog post in February 2017 - penned by female engineer Susan Fowler - described Uber's work environment as one that tolerated and fostered sexual harassment.

Co-founder of Uber's self-driving unit leaving company