Published: Fri, March 30, 2018
Finance | By Gustavo Carr

Self-driving truck startup co-founder leaving Uber

Self-driving truck startup co-founder leaving Uber

The turning point appeared to be the release by police of the video from the dashboard of the Uber showing the moments before the Volvo hit 49-year-old Elaine Herzberg at almost 40 miles per hour as she crossed a road in Tempe.

"We remain fully invested in and excited about the future of Uber Freight", an Uber spokesperson said in a statement.

The emails show a top Ducey staffer was invited to use Uber offices for work while in San Francisco, but he didn't take the company up on the offer.

Above mentioned to restart this testing operation, Uber must apply for a new autonomous vehicle testing permit. According to Reuters, Uber's self-driving auto only employed one Lidar sensor versus other its previous-gen self-driving test vehicle, the Ford Fusion which has seven Lidar sensors on board.

National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigators examine a self-driving Uber vehicle involved in a fatal accident in Tempe, Arizona, U.S., March 20, 2018.

California's Department of Motor Vehicles also sent Uber's public affairs manager Austin Heyworth a letter on March 27 stating Uber will not be allowed to test its autonomous vehicles on roads in the state as of March 31, because of not renewing the permit.

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A Ducey executive order in August 2015 welcomed self-driving vehicles, promising light state oversight.

Uber recently found themselves in a bit of trouble after one of their self-driving cars got into an accident with a pedestrian, resulting in her death.

Uber tested about 29 vehicles in California at one time, whereas it gathered data from roughly 200 vehicles across Arizona, California, Ontario, and Pennsylvania. The fall-out from the accident could impede the research, development, and testing of self-driving vehicles.

We've reached out to Velodyne for comment on the Uber self-driving car's blind spots. The governor's office said it provided the emails to the newspaper in September.

Immediately after the crash, Uber voluntarily suspended its autonomous vehicle testing in Arizona, as well as California, Pittsburgh and Toronto. "Uber develops its own sensing and drive technology", said Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang. While the full ramifications of this incident continue to evolve, this cessation of testing will likely slow development by companies other than Uber as well.

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