Uber applies to restart self-driving tests in Pittsburgh, months after fatal Ariz. accident

Uber is looking to restart tests of self-driving cars on Pittsburgh’s public roads.

The ride-hailing company applied this week with the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation to resume the tests, nearly eight months after one of its self-driving test vehicles struck and killed a pedestrian in Arizona.

San Francisco-based Uber suspended the tests after that March crash. The company returned its autonomous-capable Volvo XC90s to Pittsburgh streets in July but has kept them out of self-driving mode, with human hands on the wheel at all times.

PennDOT said it didn’t have a set deadline for clearing — or not — the autonomous tests to resume. Uber plans to follow nonbinding guidance issued by the department, the company has said.