Uber Settles With Family of Pedestrian Killed by Its Self-Driving Car
30 Марта, 2018, 00:45 | Author: Kathy Ellis
The previously unseen emails released by the governor's office were first reported by The Guardian newspaper. The vehicle was in autonomous mode at the time of the accident, while a driver was behind the wheel.
Uber has marked that it has suspended its autonomous vehicle testing operations indefinitely in Arizona, California, and Toronto.
The email exchanges fill in the gaps between what Ducey was saying publicly since taking office in early 2015 and what was happening behind the scenes as his administration helped Uber set up shop in the state and then launch its driverless vehicle testing program.
The comments stand in contrast to high-profile accidents in industries such as aviation, where competitors nearly never comment publicly about each other during investigations. That fact was kept quiet for months, until Uber announced it planned to begin driverless road tests in Arizona.
Patrick Ptak, a spokesman for Mr. Ducey, told the outlet that the governor is leaving the door open in case new info concerning the accident arise: "We will reassess as more facts are brought to light through the investigations", he said. In the meantime, Uber may choose to continue developing self-driving vehicle technology in private on closed courses.
Update 3/28, 3:26 PM: Updated with comment from the Arizona governor's office.
We've reached out to Velodyne for comment on the Uber self-driving car's blind spots. "We often promote news of the thousands of jobs and opportunities coming to Arizona".
In one email, dated August 19, 2016, Uber official Ashwini Chhabra emailed Ducey's deputy chief of staff, Danny Seiden. Another five state governors have issued executive orders, including Arizona, according to the NCSL.
The woman was killed when she was hit by the auto while crossing a dark road, pushing her bicycle, in Arizona. The company stopped all autonomous testing immediately following the accident, and has also let its permit lapse in California.
Ron co-founded the autonomous trucking company Otto, which was acquired by Uber and became the subject of a trade-secrets lawsuit from Alphabet Inc.'s Waymo.
Uber has about 200 vehicles at all four testing locations.
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