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Uber suspends self-driving car program after Arizona crash

Uber Technologies Inc. has suspended its pilot program for driverless cars on Saturday, when a vehicle equipped with the nascent technology crashed on an Arizona roadway, reported by the ride-hailing company and local police.

Uber said that the accident involving a self-driving vehicle operated by one of several companies, experimenting with autonomous vehicles has resulted into no serious injuries.

Still, the company shared that it was grounding driverless cars involved in a pilot program in Arizona, Pittsburgh, and San Francisco pending the outcome of investigation into the crash on Friday evening in Tempe, Arizona.

An Uber spokeswoman wrote in an email, “We are continuing to look into this incident.”

The accident happened when the driver of a second vehicle failed to yield to the Uber vehicle while making a turn, shared Josie Montenegro, a spokeswoman for the Tempe Police Department.

“The vehicles collided, causing the autonomous vehicle to roll onto its side,” she added in an email. “There were no serious injuries.”

Two safety drivers were in the front seats of the Uber car that was in self-driving mode at the time of the crash and the back seat was empty.

Photos and a video were posted on Twitter by Fresco News, a service which sells content to news outlets, has showed a Volvo SUV flipped on its side after an apparent collision involving two other slightly damaged cars. Uber confirmed that the images appeared to be from the Tempe crash scene.

Uber launched the pilot program in Pittsburgh last year, at that time it said that driverless cars require human intervention in many conditions, including bad weather. It also said the new technology has the potential to reduce the number of traffic accidents in the country.

This is not the first accident in which a self-driving car has been involved. In 2016, a driver of a Tesla Motors Inc. Model S car operating in autopilot mode died in a collision with a truck in Williston, Florida. Also, a self-driving vehicle operated by Alphabet Inc’s Google had a crash last year in Mountain View, California, which strikes a bus while trying to navigate around an obstacle.

The collision happened days after Uber’s former president Jeff Jones quit less than seven months, after joining the San Francisco-based company, the latest in a string of high-level executives who have departed in recent months.