Uber halts autonomous car testing phase in the state

Arizona readers are likely aware that Uber was running a testing phase in the state for their autonomous car program. In March, one of their vehicles that was in the testing phase struck a pedestrian, resulting in her death. The pedestrian was not in a proper crosswalk at the time, but the car did not stop when it detected a hazard as it should have.

Like many others, you may have serious concerns about the safety of self-driving vehicles. It is a concern to many that, despite technology advancements and other measures, these vehicles will still make mistakes and errors that could cause harm to humans. This accident is an example of why many are very hesitant to trust autonomous cars.

Self-driving cars in Arizona

Recently, Uber announced that it was ending the autonomous vehicle testing program in Arizona. This move will remove 300 test drivers from the roads and highways. You may find the following facts informative and helpful as you understand the impact of this program and self-driving vehicles in the state:

  • After the accident, Uber halted its program across the country. The governor also ended the program in the state.
  • The Arizona pedestrian was the first reported death from an accident involving a self-driving car.
  • Uber says that it determined the reason why the accident happened and that the technology needs tweaking.
  • The car detected the woman, yet the computer did not believe it needed to react right away.
  • Despite the fact that Uber had a human operator in the car at the time, he or she was not looking at the road when the accident happened.
  • Uber will continue the testing phase in another city once all investigations are complete. 

Self-driving cars will be a reality on America's roads and interstates in just a few years, if not sooner. While these vehicles undergo significant testing and other measures, accidents can still happen.

Protecting yourself after an accident

As an Arizona motorist, you will find it beneficial to learn how to protect your rights after an accident. Regardless of the type of vehicles involved, you have the right to seek appropriate compensation if you suffered because of the reckless or negligent actions of another party. 

One of the most important ways you can shield your interests is to seek an evaluation of your case as soon as possible after an accident. This can allow you to be fully aware of the various legal options available to you.

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