Uber lays off 100 safety drivers following a fatal crash in Arizona

Mail Online | 3/19/2018 | Tim Collins For Mailonline
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Uber's dreams of a fleet of self-driving taxis may be on the rocks, if the firm's latest move is anything to go by.

The ride-hailing company laid off 100 safety drivers after autonomous vehicle tests were suspended in the US, following a high profile crash in Arizona.

Uber - Vehicle - Program - Aftermath - Incident

Uber initially said it was not shuttering its entire autonomous vehicle program in the aftermath of the incident, in which 49 year old Elaine Herzberg died.

Instead, it announced it was focusing on more limited testing in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and California, aiming to resume self-driving this summer.

Decision - News - Anything - Redundancies - Pittsburgh

That decision may have been revised, if the latest news is anything to go by, with all 100 redundancies at its Pittsburgh base of operations.

Uber plans to replace these jobs with about 55 'mission specialists', according to an anonymous inside source who broke the news to Quartz.

Employees - On-road - Operations - Vehicles

These are employees who are trained in both the on-road and more advanced test-track operations of the vehicles.

In a written statement, a spokesman for Uber said: 'Our team remains committed to building safe self-driving technology, and we look forward to returning to public roads in the coming months.'

Uber - Troubles - Death - Ms - Herzberg

Uber's troubles began after the death of Ms Herzberg, caused by an Uber in autonomous mode.

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