An Uber self-driving car was involved in a serious crash in Tempe, Arizona. The crash, which left one car dented and the other seemingly on its side, appeared in photos on Twitter late Friday night, which were later verified by the company and Bloomberg. Uber did not confirm whether there were injuries or if the car was carrying passenger at the time of the crash.
Uber’s self-driving program launched publicly in Arizona last month. Problems with the service were already being reported prior to this incident.
BREAKING: Self-driving Uber vehicle on it’s side after a collision in Tempe, AZ.
— Fresco News (@fresconews) March 25, 2017
This news comes at the heels of a series of crises for the company, beginning with a boycott after they reduced fares on trips during a taxi strike at John F. Kennedy International Airport protesting President Trump’s immigration ban. The boycott successfully convinced Uber CEO Travis Kalanick to resign from Trump’s advisory council.
A few weeks later, the company found themselves mired in scandal again, when a former female employee wrote a blog post detailing sexist harassment she experienced while employed at Uber and the failure of the company to act on her allegations. The ride-sharing giant was soon hit with yet more scandals, when a software program called Greyball was discovered that helped the company evade police attention in areas where their business was not authorized by law. Waymo, Alphabet Inc.’s autonomous car business, has also sued Uber for allegedly stealing lidar designs (Uber denies this).
This crash, which flipped one car on its side, appears to be one of the more serious self-driving car accidents. Others, at companies like Waymo, have resulted in minor damage. It remains to be seen whether Uber can recover from the slew of scandals that have plagued them over the last few months. For a company already struggling with their reputation, an accident like this can’t be good news.