Uber's driverless car pilot halted after dramatic crash in America

Sean Morrison
Smash: Uber's self-driving cars have been pulled after one of its vehicles was involved in a crash: REUTERS

Uber’s driverless car pilot has been halted after one of its vehicles smashed into another car before rolling over in Arizona.

No serious injuries were caused in the latest crash involving one of the cab-hailing company’s futuristic self-driving cars, police say.

But the company said it would be halting its pilot programme while an investigation into the incident is carried out.

The local police department said the driver of the other car was at fault for the crash, adding: “The vehicles collided, causing the autonomous vehicle to roll onto its side.”

No passengers were in the driverless car when the two vehicles collided on Friday evening but two ‘safety’ drivers were in seated in front, an Uber spokeswoman said.

Uber’s car was in self-driving mode when the collision happened and the company are looking into the incident, the taxi app’s spokeswoman also confirmed.

This is not the first time self-driving cars, which are being piloted across America by various companies, have been involved in a crash.

A driver of a Tesla Motors Inc Model S car operating in autopilot mode was killed in a collision with a truck in Williston, Florida in 2016.

And a self-driving vehicle operated by Google was involved in a crash last year in Mountain View, California,

It struck a bus while attempting to navigate around an obstacle.

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