Uber Technologies Inc. is firing employees of its self-driving car unit after the peer-to-peer ridesharing giant suspended autonomous vehicle operations in the city.
Employees of the smartphone-based car service were notified on Wednesday that approximately 100 “autonomous vehicle operators,” were being replaced by around 55 “mission specialists,” tasked with compiling in-depth analysis of Uber’s test-track operations.
The death of Elaine Herzberg, a cyclist struck dead in Arizona by an Uber vehicle in autonomous mode on March 18, prompted the Silicon Valley company to suspend self-driver operations in San Francisco, Toronto, Pittsburgh and Tempe.
Uber later terminated 300 employees of its driverless vehicle operations in Arizona.
“I made it clear to Uber officials after the Arizona crash that a full federal investigation had to be completed, with strong rules for keeping streets safe, before I would agree with the company to begin testing on Pittsburgh streets again,” the mayor added.