Uber lays off 100 self-driving car operators in Pittsburgh

Uber has laid off 100 self-driving car test drivers in Pittsburgh in the wake of a high-profile crash in Arizona.

The company is replacing them with 55 so-called “mission specialists,” technical specialists trained on both on-road and test track conditions, as it continues to scale back operations in the wake of the crash.

News of the lay-offs was initially reported by Quartz and subsequently confirmed by CNBC.

“Our team remains committed to building safe self-driving technology, and we look forward to returning to public roads in the coming months,” an Uber spokesperson said in a statement.

According to the Quartz report, Uber held a meeting with the 100 operators on Wednesday to inform them that their jobs were being terminated.