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Uber’s vision of self-driving cars begins to blur

Uber’s vision of self-driving cars begins to blur

Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi apparently is on the fence about the cars. After Dara Khosrowshahi took over as Uber’s CEO last August, he considered shutting the company’s money-losing autonomous vehicle division. A visit to Pittsburgh this spring changed that.

In town for a leadership summit, Khosrowshahi and other Uber executives were briefed on the state of the company’s self-driving vehicle research, which is based in Pittsburgh. The group was impressed by the progress its autonomous division had made in testing driverless cars there and in Arizona, according to three people familiar with the San Francisco ride-hailing company, who were not authorized to speak publicly. They left the meeting energized, convinced that Uber needed to forge ahead with self-driving cars, the people said.

But days after the summit, one of Uber’s autonomous cars struck and killed a woman who was pushing a bicycle across a street in Tempe, Ariz. Video from the […]

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