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One of Uber’s self-driving cars just crashed in Arizona

One of Uber’s self-driving cars just crashed in Arizona


Another PR problem for Uber

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A self-driving car operated by Uber has crashed in Tempe, Arizona, which the company confirmed in a statement to Bloomberg News.

In images and video posted to Fresco News, a news gathering resource, the Uber Volvo came to a rest on its side, next to two other vehicles that appear to have been involved in the crash. According to ABC 15 News, a car failed to yield to the self-driving car and hit it, causing the Volvo to roll onto its side.

While the tweets indicate that there were no injuries, an Uber spokesperson told The Verge, “We are continuing to look into this incident and can confirm we had no backseat passengers in the vehicle.”

The company also noted that the vehicle was in self-driving mode, and that the company’s fleet in the state would remain grounded during the investigation.

In February, Uber began testing its self-driving cars in Arizona after California’s Department of Motor Vehicles revoked the registrations of the company’s fleet operating in San Francisco. Uber had refused to apply for a $150 permit to test the vehicles in the city.

The crash is the latest in a string of highly public incidents involving the ride-sharing company, which recently lost its president and is currently being sued by Waymo over the theft of trade secrets.

We’ve reached out to Uber for comment, and will update this story once we hear back.

Updated to include information from ABC 15 News and a statement from Uber.