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Uber gets OK to resume AV testing in Pittsburgh

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Uber has permission to resume testing AVs on public roads near Pittsburgh. Photo: Uber

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation has approved Uber’s request to resume testing of autonomous vehicles on public roads in the Pittsburgh area, reports the AP's Tom Krisher.

The big picture: The decision comes about nine months after testing was suspended following a crash in Tempe, Arizona, in which an autonomous test vehicle operated by Uber struck and killed a pedestrian.

The details: Uber filed an application to restart testing back in November, after issuing a lengthy safety report pledging to put two human backup drivers in each vehicle and take a raft of other precautions to make the vehicles safe.

What's next: Uber will seek to resume testing on public roads in Arizona, California and Toronto, its other test sites.