Two years after the deadly accident in Arizona, Uber has announced to resume the testing of its robot cars in San Francisco.
The project will resume on Tuesday with two Volvo XC90 self-driving Uber cars taking to the streets during the day. Sources reveal the cars will have two front-seated safety drivers.
The company launched its first autonomous car testing in March 2018. During the test, the vehicles however hit and killed a pedestrian in Tempe, Arizona. The car had a backup driver and sources suggest during the accident, she was watching a video.
Furthermore, it was revealed that Uber’s car did not have emergency braking and depended on human operator in cases of emergency.
Uber has been criticized for its latest announcement, however the company said it has improved its safety measures since the episode, this includes new training for human backup drivers, along with “dedicated time on defensive and distracted driving courses, as well as improved test track situational awareness drills, said a company source.
Although California DMV revoked the company’s permission to test robot cars after the accident, it did grant a permission in February.
In its statement Uber determined, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency was also aware of its recent venture.
Uber has allegedly started robot-car testing in several cities. The project has begun operations with 20 vehicles in Pittsburg, two each in Dallas and Toronto and up to four projects in Washington.
“Our testing area will be limited in scope to start, but we look forward to scaling up our efforts in the months ahead and learning from the difficult but informative road conditions that the Bay Area has to offer,” Uber commented in the wake of the latest announcement.