What is happening: Pennsylvania have granted Uber permission to start up their self-driving car tests once more.
Suspended: This comes nine months after the program was suspended due to a deadly accident in Arizona. A woman was killed while crossing the street at night in Phoenix. Uber also volunteered to stop the entire autonomous car testing program.
Changes: This new stage to the program will come with changes. The cars will no longer drive at night, in the wet, or go above 25mph. The cars will also contain two employees, and automatic braking systems will be enabled. They will not be picking up passengers.
What did Uber say: “[We] will only pursue a return to road for self-driving in these cities in coordination with federal, state, and local authorities.”
What did Eric Meyhofer, head of Uber’s Advanced Technologies Group say: “[We have] reviewed and improved our testing program to ensure that our vehicles are considerate and defensive drivers. [Vehicles] must pass a series of more than 70 scenarios without safety-related failures on our test track.”