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Back At It: Uber Resumes Self-Driving Car Program After Weekend Crash

© REUTERS / Mark Beach/HandoutA self-driven Volvo SUV owned and operated by Uber Technologies Inc. is flipped on its side after a collision in Tempe, Arizona, U.S. on March 24, 2017.
A self-driven Volvo SUV owned and operated by Uber Technologies Inc. is flipped on its side after a collision in Tempe, Arizona, U.S. on March 24, 2017. - Sputnik International
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Troubled US rideshare company Uber has resumed its autonomous vehicle program, after shutting down its test vehicles following a high-profile car crash in Arizona over the weekend.

Uber resumed its pilot test programs in Tempe, Arizona, as well as in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and San Francisco after a brief halt while an investigation into the mishap took place.

In this file photo taken Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014, a woman walks past the company logo of the internet car service, Uber, in San Francisco, USA. - Sputnik International
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According to a Tempe police spokeswoman Josie Montenegro, cited by Reuters, an Uber pilot-program test car flipped over on its side following an accident in which the company's Volvo XC90 sport-utility vehicle was hit by another car, following a failed merge.

Montenegro stated that the Uber car was not at fault in the non-injury crash, and that the driver of the vehicle that caused the incident had been cited.

The Uber car was operating in self-driving mode at the time of the crash, and the two "safety" operators required to be in the car under current law were not hurt.

The company has been reeling from multiple incidents involving not just its technology programs, but also legal battles, driver payment disputes, and accusations of a corrosive corporate culture that discriminates against women and people of color.

To add fuel to the fire of Uber's problems, its CEO of only seven months, Jeff Jones, stepped down last week, following in the footsteps of several other top-level executive departures.

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