In December, Arizona Governor Ducey was über excited to announce that Uber sent its fleet of customized Volvo XC90 SUVs to Arizona to test the vehicles. On Friday, über excitement turned to über disappointment when one of those vehicles was involved in an accident.
Since then, Uber has announced that it is suspending testing. Bloomberg News reports that the “Uber vehicle was not responsible for the incident and there were no injuries, Tempe police information officer Josie Montenegro told Bloomberg News. Another car failed to yield for the Uber car, causing the autonomous vehicle to flip on its side, according to the police report.”
The self-driving cars, that would have likely put tens of thousands of Americans out of the little work they can find, were a dream come true for the likes of Ducey.
Recently, the company has come under fire. According to Auto News, “Arianna Huffington, an Uber board member, said a probe into the company’s culture and harassment claims is likely to be completed by the end of next month. Huffington is helping oversee the inquiry process, along with Eric Holder, the former U.S. attorney general. She said there’s an “absolute commitment that the findings will be made public and that they will inform all the actions.”