September 6, 2017 — The first car accident involving a self-driving Uber has been reported in San Francisco, California, according to the San Francisco Examiner.
The incident occurred on August 16 in the Richmond District, when an experimental autonomous Uber Volvo XC90s was rear-ended by a Toyota Tacoma truck at the intersection of Geary Blvd. and 3rd Ave.
The driver of the Uber had turned off the self-driving technology before the car accident occurred to allow pedestrians to cross the street.
No injuries were reported at the time of the accident, but the Uber driver later reported minor wrist discomfort. The vehicle sustained minor damage in the fender-bender.
According to Uber’s report to the California Department of Motor Vehicles:
“While the Uber [self-driving vehicle] was stopped, a Toyota Tacoma impacted the rear of the Uber [self-driving vehicle].”
It is the first car accident that Uber has reported to the DMV involving a self-driving vehicle. Uber got a permit to test the cars in March 2017, after initially testing them in San Francisco without permission.
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