Uber told Arizona governor's office about AV testing months before public knew

Uber told Arizona governor's office about AV testing months before public knew

John Krafcik, CEO of Waymo, which is Google's self-driving auto unit, has expressed confidence in his company's system and its ability to interact with pedestrians. He then issued an executive order in August 2015 encouraging and allowing self-driving vehicle testing with no reporting requirements.

Arizona Governor Doug Ducey and local business supporters are not happy with The Guardian newspaper, which reported on Wednesday that he and Uber "kept [Uber's] self-driving program secret, emails reveal".

Besides, Arizona doesn't require Uber or any other operator to report on test drives.

The comments stand in contrast to high-profile accidents in industries such as aviation, where competitors nearly never comment publicly about each other during investigations. "We continue to help investigators in any way we can, and we'll keep a dialogue open with the Governor's office to address any concerns they have". Earlier on Thursday, Mr. Ron published a post on his Facebook page, saying that he was "not personally working" on Uber's autonomous technology.

Ptak, Ducey's spokesman, defended the tweet and other efforts to promote the company.

The Arizona Democratic Party blasted Ducey after the email revelations. While experience didn't necessary factor into the crash, it certainly doesn't help the company's case for testing in Arizona and its testing now being blocked by the state's governor.

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Ducey's top aides and Uber executives already had a cozy relationship by the time the Volvos showed up, according to several dozen emails provided to 12 News through a public records request to the governor's office.

"Dara and I both know all of you have been through a lot of change, and that is not easy", Meyhofer wrote in the email obtained by Bloomberg.

Experts have told The Associated Press that the SUV's laser and radar sensors should have spotted Herzberg, and the vehicle should have stopped.

Immediately after the crash, Uber voluntarily suspended its autonomous vehicle testing in Arizona, as well as California, Pittsburgh and Toronto.

An Uber representative said no one was injured and the company is investigating the incident, which some reports indicated may have resulted from the driver receiving bad information from his Global Positioning System.

Uber has about 200 vehicles at all four testing locations.

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