Self-Driving Uber SUV Involved in Arizona Accident

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Although they reissued a limited permit in March, only two self-driving Uber cars in San Francisco have it, the same ones that will now resume tests.

Driverless vehicles operated by Uber Technologies Inc were back on the road in San Francisco today after one of its self-driving cars crashed in Arizona, the ride-hailing company said.

Uber has taken its fleet of self-driving vehicles off the roads while it investigates a Friday night crash that left one of its SUVs sitting on its side.

Though the Tempe accident was not caused by the autonomous technology, it remains to be seen if this accident will hinder support for self-driving cars moving forward. The police department added that no injuries were reported and that their initial investigation revealed it was the fault of the other auto.

There are no reported collisions involving Uber self-driving cars in Pittsburgh, where the company launched its first program in September, Pittsburgh police spokeswoman Sonya Toler said.

Indications are Uber is far behind rival Waymo in developing driverless cars.

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California's rules for autonomous vehicles require a $5 million insurance policy, and the companies must reports accidents to the state within 10 days and release an annual tally documenting how many times test drivers had to take over. Uber said there were no passengers in the auto at the time of the crash but there were two operators in the front.

According to local station ABC-15, a Volvo XC90 used by Uber in self-driving mode was hit by another vehicle, which failed to yield.

But Uber's vehicles in Arizona, Pittsburgh, and Pennsylvania remained grounded and were expected to begin operating again soon. The other vehicle involved in the accident received a citation due to a moving violation. Google's self-driving vehicle division Waymo has had a handful of accidents on private roads but most of which are minor incidents, according to Bloomberg.

Outside of the cosmetic damage, no one was injured.

But these complaints are ignoring a major fact of the accident: Uber's auto was not in the wrong.

According to Ubers' spokeswoman, the ride-hailing company obtained a permit from the California DMV to test its self-driving cars.