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Uber Still Holds Hope for Autonomous Cars

Uber Chief Executive Dara Khosrowshahi said this week that the company still believes it has an important role in the future of autonomous vehicles, and that driverless cars will be an important part of the future of the company.

Khosrowshahi’s remarks were the first extensive ones on the future of autonomous vehicle development at the company since Uber suspended testing temporarily in the wake of a fatal accident involving one of its driverless cars that struck a pedestrian in Arizona.

“We believe in it,” Khosrowshahi said of Uber’s push for a driverless fleet, according to Reuters.

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“Autonomous (vehicles) at maturity will be safer,” Khosrowshahi said at a transport forum on Wednesday.

Khosrowshahi wouldn’t say when the company would resume testing, or discuss what might have gone wrong. He said the company was cooperating with federal investigators.

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey last month suspended Uber’s ability to test autonomous cars on public roads in Arizona, and the company voluntarily suspended testing there and and in California and Pittsburgh.

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