Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania - Uber is taking the first step toward restarting its autonomous ridesharing program, putting its self-driving cars back on the road in 'manual mode', with a driver at the wheel at all times.
The ridesharing giant said on Tuesday its specially equipped vehicles would be back in service for the first time since it suspended tests following a fatal accident in Arizona.
"We're starting with cars in manual mode," it said, "with a mission specialist sitting behind the wheel and manually controlling the vehicle at all times. While we are eager to resume testing of our self-driving system, we see manual driving as an important first step in piloting these safeguards."
The testing will enable Uber to gather data on different scenarios that will be recreated in computer simulations, and also develop more accurate mapping for the vehicles.