Uber Technologies today is now going to resume limited self-driving car testing on public roads in Pittsburgh, just nine months after it suspended the program after a deadly accident in Arizona.
The return of the testing comes days after the state of Pennsylvania granted permission to Uber to resume the testing.
The relaunch is a much more significant reduction from the Uber’s previous operations of self-driving. The company has operated its fleet in the autonomous mode on the public roads at a higher speed, after dark in areas which is much more crowded with the pedestrians and with a single backup driver in the front seat.
This time, the cars will not be going to work at night or in the wet weather and will not exceed the speed of 25 miles per hour, the company reported.
Uber will resume the entire testing with two employees in the front seat, which will help to enable an automatic braking system at all teh terrific times, and more strictly monitor safety employees after it said that it made some of the major improvements to the vehicles self-driving software. The company, for the time being, will not going to resume picking up passengers in the robot cars, a service Uber launched in the year 2016.
Uber also said it is going to resume with the manual driving of its self-driving cars in the San Francisco and Toronto that will be controlled and monitored by a second person in the passenger seat. Manual driving helps the company in gathering the much more data on the new driving scenarios.
Uber said it “will now only going to pursue a return to the road for self-driving in these cities in cooperation and coordination with federal, state, and some of the local authorities as well.”
Eric Meyhofer, who heads Uber's Advanced Technologies Group, said in an interview that Uber has “reviewed and improved some of the major testing programs to ensure that our vehicles are considerate and should have defensive drivers.” He also added that vehicles “must pass a series of around 70 scenarios without safety-related failures on our test related track” before even testing on public roads.
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