On March 18 at night a woman crossed the street and was run over by an autonomous Uber car in Arizona, United States. Beyond the unfortunate tragedy, this is bringing a series of problems to the company in the country, including a change of plans on the launch date of its autonomous car service.
In a profile of Dara Khosrowshahi, Uber’s new CEO, published by The New Yorker, the CEO revealed that originally the company’s plans were to start offering its users cars that drive themselves later this year, much earlier of what nobody imagined. But the fatal accident, logically, has been a huge step back in their plans.
According to Khosrowshahi, Uber knew that the development of the company’s autonomous car technology, and its testing period, would meet bumps and obstacles, but what has happened is something very serious and of enormous proportions, therefore, it will return to examine in detail the development of autonomous Uber systems.
The authorities are investigating the case of the death of Elaine Herzberg hit by an autonomous Uber. Recently a video came to light that reveals that the driver of the car turned his eyes away from the road just before the accident. This tragedy has brought consequences such as the company will not renew its permits to test autonomous cars in California, and will inevitably delay the launch of its autonomous cars, which Uber believed would be ready before 2019.