Uber cuts 100 self-driving car operators
Uber (UBER) terminated about 100 autonomous-vehicle operators in Pittsburgh today in the latest step following a fatal self-driving crash in Arizona, Quartz reports.
Those employees, who supervise the self-driving cars, were told the position was being eliminated and that they could apply for other jobs at Uber.
It had already suspended testing of the vehicles in all four sites (Pittsburgh; Tempe, Ariz.; Toronto; and San Francisco) after the Tempe crash.
Uber says it plans to replace the role with about 55 "mission specialists" with training in on-road and more advanced test track operations who can provide more technical feedback to developers.
organization reexamines its self-sufficient vehicle procedure following a deadly crash in Tempe, Arizona, prior this year.
The organization held a gathering before today (July 11) to educate around 100 independent vehicle administrators—individuals who screen its self-driving autos—that their employments were being fired, a source near the circumstance told Quartz. Uber said it was taking out the situation of independent vehicle administrator, and that administrators were allowed to apply to different parts at the organization, the source said.
Uber affirmed it laid off around 100 self-governing vehicle administrators in Pittsburgh and dispensed with the position. The organization intends to supplant these employments with around 55 "mission experts"— masters who are prepared in both on-street and further developed test-track tasks, and who are relied upon to give more specialized criticism to self-driving auto designers. Uber said influenced administrators could apply for these positions.
"Our group stays focused on building safe self-driving innovation, and we anticipate coming back to open streets in the coming months," a Uber representative said in a messaged explanation.