Ride-hailing giant Uber announced it is temporarily suspending its autonomous car program following a serious crash in Tempe, Arizona, last week. The traffic accident involved one of Uber's modified Volvo XC90 SUVs and several other vehicles, with photos and video posted on Twitter by one local resident showing the Swedish SUV lying on its side in the middle of a street next to a Ford Edge.
Citing Tempe police, Bloomberg reports the Volvo XC90, which had a driver behind the wheel, was not at fault in the crash. Another vehicle reportedly failed to yield to the Uber Volvo, which caused the crash. Uber told Bloomberg that no passengers were in the Volvo at the time, but they did not indicate whether the autonomous driving systems of the Volvo were engaged — two engineers were also in the Volvo.
Uber has been testing autonomous tech-equipped XC90s in Arizona since late February, after being shut out of California due to lack of proper permits. A video posted in 2016 showed one autonomous system-equipped XC90 (with a driver behind the wheel) rolling through a red light, which caused a minor controversy for Uber.