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Uber says it will replace a host of operators who had been monitoring the company’s fleet of self-driving vehicles on the road, after one of those vehicles fatally struck a pedestrian in Arizona in March.
The ride-hailing company is hiring 55 “mission specialists” who will report technical data and feedback to developers.
Uber has made sweeping changes to its autonomous-vehicle program since that fatal collision in Arizona. Since then, the company has paused its autonomous vehicle program in several states and laid off hundreds of people.

Uber is replacing the drivers who had been monitoring the company’s self-driving vehicles during road testing, and replacing them with dozens of specialized technicians.

The move follows a March incident in which an Uber vehicle equipped with the company’s autonomous-driving hardware fatally struck a pedestrian in Arizona. The ride-hailing company has paused the program in several states, including Arizona, California, and Pennsylvania since then. Hundreds of those drivers were laid off.

Uber says it hasn’t given up on autonomous-vehicle development, and plans to hit the road again in Pittsburgh soon. An Uber spokesperson said in an emailed statement to Business Insider: “Our team remains committed to building safe self-driving technology, and we look forward to returning to public …read more

Source:: Businessinsider – Finance


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