Uber is still in its recovery period after the deadly car crash involving a self-driving vehicle this past March. Because of this, they chose to hire a former official of the NHTSA as it restarts its autonomy operation.
Beuse said in a statement that it was clear Uber is focusing on safety.
Beuse with NHTSA
Beuse worked with the NHTSA for many years and oversaw safety research of vehicles. The ride-sharing company who is his employer believes the union to be a definite win for them. They have plans to infiltrate a variety of sectors with their mobility sector.
Uber asked Pennsylvanian officials for permission to start rolling out autonomous cars for testing once more. Pennsylvania was the perfect state to ask because it plays host to Uber’s self-driving operations. However, Uber hasn’t received the go-ahead as of yet.
Arizona outright banned Uber from testing their self-driving vehicles after the fatal crash in March, which happened in Tempe.
The prototype self-driving car did not stop for pedestrians that crossed outside the crosswalk. There was a backup safety driver in the vehicle, but she was streaming a television show on her smartphone on impact; she was killed in the accident.
While many factors contributed to the incident, one of significance is the fact that they disabled the automatic emergency braking system and removed a second backup driver. Uber plans to have two human beings in the prototype self-driving car in the future.