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Nvidia Suspends Self-Driving Car Tests

Chipmaker Nvidia Corp is putting testing of driverless cars on hold following the fatal accident involving an autonomous Uber SUV earlier this month in Tempe, Ariz., Reuters, reported Tuesday.

Uber has used Nvidia’s computing technology in its driverless test cars made by Volvo.

Nvidia said it was temporarily suspending testing around the world – it has been testing cars in New Jersey, California, Japan and Germany. It is developing the AI platform used by driverless cars, and working in partnerships with Volkswagen, Tesla and Audi in addition to Volvo.


Earlier this week, Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey said he was suspending Uber’s ability to test driverless vehicles in the state – although Uber had already voluntarily suspended its own testing, in Pittsburgh and San Francisco in addition to the Phoenix area.

The crash was believed to be the first fatality of a pedestrian caused by a self-driving car.  Police identified the victim as 49-year-old Elaine Herzberg.


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