Uber, which had already pulled its autonomous automobiles off the highway following a deadly crash in Tempe, Arizona, is formally calling it quits on the state of Arizona, the Wall Street Journal first reported, citing an inner memo from Uber Superior Applied sciences Group lead Eric Meyhofer.
As a part of the wind-down, Uber has let go 300 of its check drivers. This comes after the state of Arizona officially barred Uber from testing its autonomous vehicles on public roads in March.
“We’re dedicated to self-driving expertise, and we stay up for returning to public roads within the close to future,” an Uber spokesperson mentioned in an announcement. “Within the meantime, we stay targeted on our top-to-bottom security overview, having introduced on former NTSB Chair Christopher Hart to advise us on our general security tradition.”
Uber is hoping to have its self-driving automobiles performing exams on public roads once more throughout the subsequent few months, Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi said at an Uber conference earlier this month. As soon as the Nationwide Transportation Security Board completes its investigation of the Tempe crash, Uber plans to proceed testing in San Francisco, Toronto and Pittsburgh. But when Uber needs to proceed its exams in California, it might want to apply for a brand new allow, in addition to “deal with any follow-up evaluation or investigations from the latest crash in Arizona,” DMV Deputy Director/Chief Counsel Brian Soublet wrote in a letter to Uber in March. Uber may must arrange a gathering with the DMV.