Uber’s self-driving car program had its first reported accident in California, a collision that happened on August 16 in San Francisco’s Richmond District.
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September 5, 2017 – The crash involved one of Uber’s autonomous Volvo XC90s, which was rear ended at the intersection of Geary Boulevard and Third Avenue after its human driver disengaged its self-driving technology to allow pedestrians to cross, according to the San Francisco Examiner.
“While the Uber [self-driving vehicle] was stopped, a Toyota Tacoma impacted the rear of the Uber [self-driving vehicle],” a report filed with the California Department of Motor Vehicles said.
No injuries were reported at the time of the accident, but the Uber driver later reported wrist discomfort, the report stated. A DMV spokesperson confirmed the accident, with Uber stressing that the crash occurred after the driver had taken manual control of the vehicle.
In addition to Uber, about 20 other companies have applied for and received permits from the DMV to test their own autonomous vehicle technologies. Uber applied for a self-driving test permit in California in March, following a heated standoff with state and local officials.
Uber’s self-driving vehicles have been seen throughout San Francisco, where several have been reported to run red lights and be involved in minor traffic accidents. The New York Times reported in February that Uber’s cars had mapping problems that caused them to run at least 6 red lights in the city.
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