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Uber Resumes Self-Driving Testing After Crash

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CARS.COM — Uber has resumed its testing of self-driving cars after suspending testing in San Francisco, Arizona and Pittsburgh while it investigated a crash Friday in Tempe, Ariz.

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An Uber spokesperson told Cars.com in an email that Uber resumed operations in San Francisco this morning, and that its “cars will be back on the road in Tempe and Pittsburgh later today.”

Uber said it paused the testing of self-driving vehicles to better understand what happened in Tempe. On Friday evening, a Volvo XC90 in self-driving mode – but with two Uber safety employees aboard – collided with a vehicle that failed to yield when making a turn, and flipped onto its side, police told Reuters. Police said that the Uber car was not at fault and that no one was injured in the crash. The other driver was cited, according to the Associated Press.

The Uber car had no passengers in the backseat. The San Francisco test vehicles do not transport riders, though the cars in Tempe and Pittsburgh sometimes do so.

Editor’s note: This story was updated on March 27 to include new information about resumption of Uber’s testing of self-driving cars.

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