Automated Uber involved in Arizona traffic accident


One of 12 self-driving Uber vehicles to be found in Phoenix was seen flipped and lying on its side this morning after a multi-car accident in Arizona’s most populated city.

In February, Uber began live-testing self-driving cars; following Saturday’s accident, the company confirmed one of its automated cars did play a role in the three-car crash.

An Uber spokeswoman did not make public whether the Uber vehicle was carrying passengers, though it was revealed that a driver was behind the wheel at the time of the accident. Still, it is unknown if the driver was using the automated features of the vehicle or if the driver was in control of the car.

An accident report suggested that the pile-up was first caused when a separate vehicle made a left turn in front of the Uber vehicle, forcing the taxi to turn sideways.

This past December, an automated Uber in San Francisco was accused of running through a red light, though reports dispute whether or not it was human or machine error.

Reports showed beta-tests of Uber’s self-driving cars only allow the vehicles to command the road for 0.7 miles without human intervention. Current automated test cars found in Arizona, California, and Pennsylvania, can maneuver for a maximum of 50 miles before a human retaking control of the vehicle becomes mandatory.

H/T: The Daily Mail

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