AUTONOMOUS VEHICLES: Uber’s self-driving cars back on Tempe, Az., roads three days after crash

Well, that didn’t last long

March 28, 2017

Following a crash involving one of it’s self-driving ride-share vehicles this past Friday, Uber has lifted its temporary suspension of self-driving activities in both Pittsburgh and Tempe, Az., and put its autonomous test fleet back into service.

The Volvo SUVs are now back into rotation with the rest of the company’s driver-controlled vehicles. The vehicles use a combination of cameras, LIDAR and other sensors to guide them, though all self-driving cars operating in Arizona today have test drivers behind the wheel to take control if needed.

The crash that occurred last Friday was determined to be the fault of another car, the driver of which was cited for making an illegal left-hand turn and colliding with the Uber AV. At the time, the Uber Volvo was in autonomous mode with a test driver behind the wheel but not in control.

In a photo posted on Twitter, one of Uber’s Volvo self-driving SUVs is pictured on its side next to another car with dents and smashed windows. Uber subsequently confirmed the accuracy of the photo. No serious injuries were reported.

Uber did not offer a public comment on the results of its internal investigation into the incident, though its decision to get back down to driverless testing would seem to be comment enough.