In Arizona, one of Uber's self-driving fleet was in an accident on Friday leaving the Volvo on its side. Early reports seem to suggest that the crash happened after another car failed to give way to the self-driving car.
The good news is that no one was hurt and that the self driving car will have a huge amount of data to share on the accident with optical cameras, radar, LiDAR and ultrasonic detectors. From this data it should not be challenging to reproduce the facts on the incident and determine the cause.
In the interim Uber has pulled its self-driving fleet in Arizona, Pennsylvania and California while it investigates.
This is one of a few self-driving accidents to hit the media following the death of a driver in a Tesla. We will see more of these as self-driving becomes more dominant.
I look forward to learning more about what happened and hope that we will get to see the data surrounding the event. This will help us to understand the cause of the accident, how the self driving car responded and if the human driver did intervene.
It will be important for the public to understand what happened, to help build its confidence in this technology and for the public to believe that the self-driving car behaved in a socially acceptable manner.
Uber suspends self-driving cars after Arizona crash 26 March 2017 From the section Technology Share Image copyrightFRESCO NEWS/REUTERS Image caption Uber said the car was in self-driving mode at the time of the crash Uber has pulled its self-driving cars from the roads after an accident which left one of the vehicles on its side. Pictures posted online showed the car on its right side on an Arizona street, next to another badly damaged vehicle. The car - a Volvo SUV - was in self-driving mode at the time of the crash, on Friday, Uber said. No one was hurt. A spokeswoman for the police in Tempe, Arizona said the accident occurred when another vehicle "failed to yield" to the Uber car at a left turn.