Toyota suspended testing of its autonomous vehicles on US public roads UU Following a fatal accident in which a self-directed Uber was involved in Arizona on Sunday night. According to Bloomberg, the Japanese auto giant said it would temporarily stop testing its "Chauffeur" program out of respect for its test drivers.
"The Toyota Research Institute has no first-hand information about the tragic fatality of traffic in Tempe, Arizona, on Sunday, March 18," a Toyota spokesman said in an email to The Verge. "Our thoughts are first and foremost with the family of the victim."
Toyota has also been in talks with Uber
He added: "We can not speculate on the cause of the incident or what it might mean for the automatic driving industry in the future." Because we believe that the incident can have an emotional effect on our test drivers, we have decided to temporarily stop our tests. in driver mode on public roads ".
Toyota Research Institute, the automotive arm of Silicon Valley, has been conducting road tests of the latest version of its autonomous vehicles in California and Michigan since the beginning of the year. Toyota has also been in talks with Uber about buying the ride-hail company's autonomous driving software before the fatal accident. Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi recently posted a photo on Twitter of himself with Toyota president Akio Toyoda at the automaker's headquarters.
Other automakers with ties to Uber, such as Mercedes-Benz and Volvo, have so far declined to comment on the collapse or status of their associations with the bike travel company. There are dozens of tests of motor vehicles on the road that are carried out throughout the country. More than 40 companies have permits to test autonomous vehicles in California.
Some security advocates have called for a national moratorium on AV tests on public roads after a woman died at the hands of a self-managed Uber in Tempe, Arizona. Uber stopped all his autonomous tests in Arizona, San Francisco, Pittsburgh and Toronto while the police investigated the accident.