As per a Reuters report, California-based tech firm Nvidia has decided to halt the road-testing of autonomous cars in the wake of a fatal crash involving a driverless Uber vehicle which resulted in the death of an Arizona woman.
In an email, a spokesperson from Nvidia said,
Ultimately AVs will be far safer than human drivers, so this important work needs to continue. We are temporarily suspending the testing of our self-driving cars on public roads to learn from the Uber incident. Our global fleet of manually driven data collection vehicles continue to operate.
Nvidia isn’t the first company to halt testing of autonomous cars following the crash in Arizona, as Toyota announced that they would do the same last week.
Uber currently uses Nvidia’s chipmaker’s computing platform for their autonomous vehicles, and they’ve been doing so for a while now. Uber has indicated that they plan on using Nvidia’s technology for their lineup of autonomous Volvos and trucks.
There’s no word on when Nvidia plans on returning to testing their autonomous vehicle technology on roads, but I don’t think it will be too far into the future.
[via The Verge]