Uber has grounded all of its self-driving cars after one of the automated vehicles crashed and flipped onto its side in Arizona.
A tweet Uber has not disputed pictures an overturned self-driving Volvo with damage to another vehicle. "It is uncertain at this time if they were controlling the vehicle at the time of the collision".
The autonomous vehicles are part of a program to test the self-driving cars on the road in an attempt to one day put them to widespread use. The other vehicle failed to yield to the autonomous SUV, causing the collision.
The crash is the latest in a string of highly public incidents involving the ride-sharing company, which recently lost its president and is now being sued by Waymo over the theft of trade secrets. Last year, the Transportation Department released a policy paper outlining 15 guidelines for developers of self-driving cars.
Uber came later to developing self-driving cars than rivals including Waymo, a sister company of Google, and Tesla. Previous year a Tesla vehicle in Autopilot had crashed into a truck and had resulted in the death of the car's driver. Uber spokesperson Chelsea Kohler told the Times that neither driver suffered serious injuries and that Uber is suspending Arizona testing pending the results of the investigation of the accident. Uber's auto was in autonomous mode with two designated "safety" drivers up front at the time of the crash, the company told Reuters.
Prior to that, the director in Uber's self-driving division Raffi Krikorian, Uber's head of AI Labs Gary Marcus, and Amit Singhal, the senior vice president of engineering, also left the company.
In February, former engineer Susan Fowler accused the company of sexual harassment in a scathing blog post that detailed a toxic work culture at Uber. With the departure of Uber's President Jeff Jones and Vice President of Mapping Amit Singhal, the company chose to search for a Chief Operating Officer who it hopes will help CEO Travis Kalanick lead Uber through these troublesome times.