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Uber seeks OK to resume self-driving tests in Pennsylvania

By David Shepardson

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Uber Technologies Inc said Friday it has asked Pennsylvania for permission to resume self-driving car testing on public roads and has improved the autonomous vehicle software, more than seven months after the company suspended testing after a deadly crash in Arizona.

The company disclosed in a report to the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that it will resume testing with two employees in the front seat, will enable an automatic braking system at all times and more strictly monitor safety employees.

Uber has been testing its self-driving cars in manual mode on public streets.

In June, police in Tempe, Arizona, said a back-up driver behind the wheel of a self-driving Uber was distracted and streaming a television show on her phone right up until about the time the car struck and killed a pedestrian walking across a street, deeming the crash that rocked the nascent industry “entirely avoidable.”

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