A self-driving Uber car was involved in a high-speed crash in Tempe, Arizona yesterday. No one was seriously injured, and the Volvo XC90 SUV, which was driving itself at the time, had the right of way and bears no blame, according to police.
“We are continuing to look into this incident and can confirm we had no backseat passengers in the vehicle,” says Uber spokesperson Chelsea Kohler. Uber has grounded its Arizona fleet while it investigates. The police haven’t released details on the other driver.
At first blush, the crash—which flipped the Uber onto its side, and smashed the other car’s windows—looks like yet more bad news for Travis Kalanick’s embattled company.
But if the other car really caused the collision, it’s a stark reminder of why self-driving cars matter.