Uber self-driving cars drive back on track


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DRIVE. Uber has faced criticism before in terms of customer boycotts. Reports of sexual harassment in the workplace have forced the company to undergo investigations. It is facing several cases of controversy that have piled up over time.

Self-driving cars have proven to be the current challenge for tech companies. Figuring out a way to maneuver passengers without a human driver has been a goal many corporations have had.

Companies such as Google and Uber have been testing out such self-driving cars in order to find the flaws that are posed with such a trial. In particular, Uber’s attempt at a self-driving car has caused a car crash in which the self-driving SUV flipped on its side.

“The new wave in technology is working on self-driving cars and such. I think it is an interesting concept and hope it turns out successful,” said Grace Deng, 9.

The accident occurred in Phoenix, Arizona, reminding audiences of the difficulties surrounding a successful self-driving vehicle. There were no serious injuries, with the car simply rolling onto its side.

“Testing new technologies will always have its pros and cons, but in the long run, it is in order to better society and make it more efficient,” said Sarah Abraham, 11.

As a result, Uber briefly suspended its ventures in its three testing locations – Phoenix, San Francisco, and Pittsburgh – in order to investigate the situation.

“It will be interesting to see more technology companies branch out to look into self-driving cars because they will all have different takes on it,” Deng said.

The whole idea of self-driving cars has led people to question the cars’ ability to perform accurately at all times. The evidence of accidents shows that they have not been perfected and need to take better control.

After a temporary halt to experimentation, Uber resumed the project in several cities.