Uber Technologies suspended their self-driving cars for three days after one SUV was involved in a crash in Tempe, Arizona. Authorities investigated the accident and confirmed an Uber SUV was hit by another vehicle that failed to yield. U.S. News stated, “The Uber car was in self-driving mode at the time of the crash. ‘The vehicles collided, causing the autonomous vehicle to roll onto its side’.” There were no injuries, however, the driver and engineer were in the front seats of the Uber SUV. This accident ultimately suspended the test vehicles in Pittsburgh as well.
This accident raised safety concerns and questions as to how safe these autonomous driving vehicles are on the road, and how well do these vehicles interact with non-self-driving cars? According to The Washington Post, “In states across the country, legislators are debating how to allow the vehicles to be tested on functioning streets without endangering passengers and other drivers.” As more and more companies are testing self-driving cars out on the open roads—getting in an accident is inevitable. As technology improves daily, will these cars eventually be able to avoid the human errors?