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Tech & Science Uber lays off roughly 100 workers in its self-driving team

10:10  12 july  2018
10:10  12 july  2018 Source:   engadget.com

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Uber is scaling back its self - driving team in the wake of the fatal Arizona crash and the subsequent shutdown of its autonomous operations. The ridesharing company has confirmed to Pittsburgh's Action 4 News that it laid off about 100 employees in its self - driving vehicle team .

Uber has let go all (about 100 ) of its self - driving car operators in Pittsburgh and San Francisco, Quartz reports and has been confirmed by TechCrunch. Those affected by the layoffs can apply for one of roughly 55 new advanced operator positions that Uber calls Mission Specialists in either San

a police car parked in a parking lot © Provided by Uber is scaling back its self-driving team in the wake of the fatal Arizona crash and the subsequent shutdown of its autonomous operations. The ridesharing company has confirmed to Pittsburgh's Action 4 News that it laid off about 100 employees in its self-driving vehicle team. It didn't specify their roles, but noted that most were in its Pittsburgh team while others were in Uber's home territory of San Francisco. Quartz sources reported that these were vehicle operators.

Some of those affected might still have jobs. They apply for 55 new mission specialist positions, according to Uber.

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Uber is still testing its self - driving vehicles at a large proving ground outside Pittsburgh, and the new mission specialists will need to be trained in those protocols. Laid off safety drivers are invited to apply for these new roles and will be given priority consideration.

The laid - off workers include safety drivers tasked with riding in and monitoring the self - driving test vehicles, according to the report. Uber ’s traditional ride-hailing service will not be effected. Following the fatal crash in Tempe, Arizona, where a self - driving Uber vehicle hit

A spokesperson stressed that this wasn't the end to Uber's driverless vehicle plans, but that you might have to wait. "Our team remains committed to building safe self-driving technology, and we look forward to returning to public roads in the coming months," Uber said.

The cuts unfortunately make sense. Uber is still busy retooling its self-driving program for a greater emphasis on safety, and that could leave operators without much to do for months at a time. Even so, it adds to an already steep human cost for Uber's past decisions.

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