>> Uber is pulling its self driving car tests out of Arizona. The move follows a fatal accident in March when its SUV on autonomous mode struck and killed a homeless woman. Reuters correspondent, Heather Summerville has been following the story.>> Uber has decided to shut down its autonomous driving operations in Arizona.
Really because there wasn't a lot of appetite from the governor's office to let them resume testing. And it wasn't clear if or when the governor would grant them the permission to resume testing.>> After the crash Uber suspended its self-driving car program in North America but told Reuters on Wednesday it will resume with the testing in Pittsburgh and California this summer.
Uber's Arizona exit could give a leg up to competitors.>> Now, other companies such as Waymo are operating and continue to operate in Arizona. Which is considered an ideal grounds for testing these cars due to the weather and the wide open roads. In addition, Uber is limiting its testing.
It's going to be operating on smaller routes. So it won't be allowing self-driving cars to go as far. And it will have fewer cars on the roads. So this is a significant step back for the company that was already trailing competitors such as Waymo. But don't write off Uber just yet.
The ride hailing app on Wednesday said it not only cut its losses by nearly half in the first quarter compared with the same period last year. But that it's ride bookings also jumped over 50%. Some good news after a year of struggles with scandals, lawsuits, and a major detour on it's self-driving car ambitions.