Uber stops then restarts autonomous vehicle development

Uber has returned its fleet of self-driving vehicles to the roads following an investigation into a crash in the United States.

No one was injured when the SUV flipped in Arizona, despite there being a person behind the wheel at the time.

Arizona was one of a growing number of States in the United States that allowed self-driving vehicles to be tested on public roads.

An Uber spokesperson told the Sydney Morning Herald the vehicle had been in self-driving mode and there were no backseat riders.

RACQ’s Steve Spalding said it was unlikely this latest incident would impact the future rollout of autonomous cars in Queensland.

“The predictions are that it’ll take another 25 years or so before there is widespread uptake of fully autonomous cars, but they’re coming,” Mr Spalding said.

Mr Spalding said Queensland was preparing for self-driving and connected vehicles with plans underway for the largest on-road testing trial in Australia to start next year in Ipswich.

“To realise the potential benefits of these emerging vehicles, a four-year trial will be undertaken to test vehicles and infrastructure that can talk to one another,” he said.

“Five hundred Ipswich motorists who will take part will have their vehicles retrofitted with cooperative intelligent transport systems (C-ITS) technology.

“These C-ITS devices work by providing information about the vehicle’s locations and safety warnings to the driver about a range of conditions – for example, a pedestrian crossing at a signalised intersection, a red light runner or a queue ahead that isn’t visible to a driver.”

Mr Spalding said while Queensland’s program was still in its infancy, South Australia was leading the way, becoming the first state to allow manufacturers to test autonomous cars on sections of its roads.

“By being the first State in Australia to pass these laws we’re sending a very clear message to this industry that South Australia is open for business,” South Australia Transport Minister Stephen Mulligan told Business Insider.

The South Australian Government announced in January this year RDM Group, a leading international driverless car supplier, would open its Asia-Pacific headquarters in Adelaide, with future plans to develop an assembly facility in the State.