Uber's self-driving car crashes in Arizona

Susannah Alexander
Photo credit: Uber

From Digital Spy

Uber has had to pull its self-driving cars from the roads after an accident that ended with one of its autonomous vehicles lying on its side.

Photos circulating online show a Volvo SUV lying in a street in Tempe, Arizona, next to another badly damaged car.

Uber has confirmed that the car was in self-driving mode at the time of Friday's (March 24) crash and that there was also a human in the driving seat, as is standard practice for Uber's autonomous vehicles.

Photo credit: BBC

Nobody was hurt in the accident.

As reported over on Sky News, an Uber spokesperson explained more about the situation:

"We are continuing to look into this incident and can confirm we had no backseat passengers in the vehicle."

Tempe Police said that another vehicle failed to give way while turning left and collided with the Uber, before a third car was also hit.

Photo credit: Uber/Volvo

Uber has now removed all of its self-driving vehicles from the road in Arizona, as well as its test sites in Pennsylvania and California.

The company is the latest to try out self-driving cars, with Apple and Google also at different stages of getting autonomous vehicles on the road.

The crash is the latest piece of bad news for Uber, which recently suffered a security breach when sensitive information was compromised due to a bug in content delivery network Cloudflare.

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