An Arizona woman was killed after being struck by a self-driving Uber vehicle, an incident believed to be the first of its kind. But Uber is not the only company that has experienced accidents with driverless cars. Companies like Google, Tesla and General Motors also join the list. Uber has suspended tests of its autonomous cars on public roads in Arizona in the wake of a deadly crash involving one of the vehicles in Tempe, but it's not yet clear if other automakers will follow suit or be forced to do so by the state government. The incident unfolded late Sunday when 49-year-old Elaine Herzberg was struck by a 2017 Volvo XC90 SUV equipped with Uber's autonomous technology as she was walking her bicycle across a four-lane street midblock, outside of any crosswalk.
Uber CEO Travis Kalanick has resigned from the ride-sharing service he co-founded, another twist in a rough year for the company. Uber has faced scandals on multiple fronts. The company launched two investigations into allegations of harassment. Kalanick, who took an indefinite leave of absence last week, was at the center of controversy over a profanity-laced outburst with an Uber driver that was caught on video. There's also a court battle stemming from allegations that Uber stole trade secrets from Waymo, Alphabet's (GOOGL) self-driving car development company.
He wants to put a human colony on Mars, fill the world with electric-powered driverless cars, charge your house with a battery and conceptualise super speed trains. Now it seems he wants to solve the scourge of traffic congestion that plagues major cities around the world. The CEO of SpaceX and Tesla has got many world-changing projects currently in the works but judging by an impromptu Twitter rant over the weekend, the innovative 45-year-old now wants to eradicate traffic congestion. Traffic is driving me nuts. Am going to build a tunnel boring machine and just start digging... Taking to social media he promised to build a tunnel boring machine and begin digging tunnels, presumably to build an underground labyrinth of roadways.