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Uber suspends driverless car tests after autonomous SUV flips over in Arizona crash

by Alex Lubben
Mar 26 2017, 2:44pm

Uber said Saturday it is suspending its tests of self-driving cars after one of its vehicles was involved in a three-way crash in Tempe, Arizona.

No one was injured in the accident, but photos from the scene show the self-driving Volvo SUV on its side and significant damage to one of the other cars.

An Uber spokesperson confirmed the accident to Bloomberg News. Local police said someone was behind the wheel when the self-driving car flipped, but it’s unclear whether that person was in control of the car at the time. There were no passengers in the backseat, the company said, and Uber is “continuing to look into this incident.”

Uber’s tests will also stop in Pittsburgh, where the company has been testing its driverless technology since September.

In December of last year, California banned Uber from testing driverless vehicles in the state after the company released its fleet of automated cars onto San Francisco’s streets without seeking permission from the city to do so. Kicked out of its home state, Uber moved its testing to Arizona.

Uber has a reputation for flouting regulations and has invited controversy in its drive to outwit its competitors, often, drivers say, at the cost of treating them fairly. The last few months have been particularly rough for the ride-sharing company. Uber has been charged with creating a sexist work environment and accused of breaking up a taxi drivers’ strike at a New York City airport during protests over President Trump’s travel ban. Embattled CEO Travis Kalanick recently asked for “leadership help” after Bloomberg published a video of him arguing with a driver.