Uber lays off Pittsburgh self-driving car operators

An Uber driverless Ford Fusion drives down Smallman Street on September, 22, 2016 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Photo: Jeff Swensen/Getty Images

Uber has laid off its self-driving car operators in Pittsburgh, months after suspending its testing in all cities following an accident in Arizona that killed a pedestrian, as Quartz first reported and Uber confirmed to Axios.

Why it matters: The accident in Arizona raised questions about the future of Uber's self-driving car program. The company says it still hopes to get back on the road in Pittsburgh this summer, and has been in regular contact with Pennsylvania and Pittsburgh regulators.