Arizona Uber Self-Driving Car Crashes In Ugly Rollover Collision
self-driving vehicle was just recently involved in a collision in Tempe, Arizona. At the moment there are no reported injuries and Uber has not confirmed whether anyone was in the vehicle during the collision. An Uber spokesperson has confirmed the accident, but did not provide any additional information.
Fresco News user Mark Beach posted the photograph and video of the wrecked vehicle on Twitter
just a few short hours ago. The Uber self-driving Volvo XC90 is pictured on its side while the other vehicles are upright with multiple dents. If the car was in self-driving mode, this would be the most serious accident to date involving such a vehicle. Waymo
has only experienced a few fender benders that ended up being mostly the fault of the drivers in the other vehicles. A local news report suggests
that another driver failed to yield for the XC90 and broadsided it .
BREAKING: Self-driving Uber vehicle on it’s side after a collision in Tempe, AZ.
— Fresco News (@fresconews) March 25, 2017
Photos by @fresconews user Mark Beach pic.twitter.com/5NCF2KG0rW
Uber consequently shipped its sixteen self-driving Volvo XC90s to Arizona on their autonomous Otto truck. Prior to this accident, there had already be complaints that the rider experience in Arizona was “not great”. In addition, the vehicles were only traveling an average of 0.67 miles before a person needed to interfere.
#UPDATE: No injuries yet reported in an accident involving a self-driving #uber, captured by @fresconews user Mark Beach in Tempe, AZ. pic.twitter.com/kmizvRD5WP— Fresco News (@fresconews) March 25, 2017
To make matters worse for Uber, controversial Chief Executive Officer Travis Kalanick is currently under scrutiny for a number of scandals. Uber is being sued by Google for allegedly stealing its Waymo self-driving car technology, the company has been accused of attempting to evade law enforcement, and there have been a number of complaints regarding sexual harassment. Kalanick will not be stepping down from his position, however, the company has vowed to fix its culture of “brilliant jerks”. This latest accident will certainly do nothing to help its tarnished reputation.