A auto hauler toting three self-driving Volvos from California rolled into the Capitol just days before Christmas 2016.
The use of a single LIDAR sensor is all the more remarkable given that other companies running self-driving programs use significantly more: Google-owned Waymo has six on its cars; General Motors uses five.
"We chose to not reapply for a California DMV permit with the understanding that our self-driving vehicles would not operate on public roads in the immediate future, " a spokesperson told The Verge.
"Starting this weekend, we'll start testing some self-driving functionality".
The human backup driver appears to be looking down until just before impact. Another five state governors have issued executive orders, including Arizona, according to the NCSL.
Driverless cars are supposed to avoid accidents with lidar - which uses laser light pulses to detect hazards on the road - and other sensors such as radar and cameras. At the time, though, the governor failed to mention that Uber had been secretly testing such vehicles in the state since August. The suggestion: Uber and Gov. Ducey kept the switch to self-driving a secret.
Toyota Motor Corp. appears to be the only other self-driving vehicle company that has curbed its testing in the wake of the Uber crash. After the tragedy, the company halted testing of its self-driving cars on roads in North America.
"My expectation is that public safety is also the top prioirity for all who operate this technology in the state, " Ducey continued. In addition, the Governor has also demonstrated he will hold companies accountable when necessary, as his letter to Uber this week indicates.
Uber didn't violate antitrust laws in its competition with Philadelphia's taxi companies, a court affirmed this week in another blow to the cab industry's efforts to strike back at ride-hailing companies through the law. While the system will work only on roads that are fully autonomous, "the communications and calculations we've developed will enable autonomous cars to zip through intersections at full speed or with just a minor slow-down". We are committed to provide the required resources to encourage people and especially the youth of this state to engage in entrepreneurial activities.
Uber's cars in Arizona "were struggling" before the accident, The Times reported. That includes that "intervention" report, how often drivers need to take control when the technology does not perform as expected.
As of this month, Uber was having trouble meeting its target goal of one human intervention for every 13 miles of autonomous driving.