Sign with logo at the headquarters of ride-sharing technology company Uber in San Francisco, California. Photo: Smith Collection / Gado / Getty Images

Months before an Uber self-driving car hit and killed a woman in Arizona, there were concerns of its ability to navigate "through construction zones and next to tall vehicles," the New York Times reports.

The details: Per the Times, Uber "was struggling to meet its target of 13 miles per" human intervention in Arizona, while Waymo, a former autonomous vehicle project from Google, had been testing almost 5,600 miles until intervention. Uber's test drivers were requested to go "on solo runs" when they had previously been working in pairs.

  • The safety driver in Uber's car was shown "looking down, away from the road" in the dashboard camera footage. The driver's hands were also "not hovering above the steering wheel," as is expected.
  • Worth noting: Waymo moved to one test-driver in 2015, the Times reports, and "is now testing cars in...a Phoenix suburb, with no safety drivers."

Go deeper: Recode reported last March on Uber's struggle with self-driving cars.

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Scoop: Decisive meeting could lead to Israeli-Sudanese normalization

Lt. Gen. Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, Sudan's head of the Sovereign Council, meets with Bahraini aid officials in Khartoum, Sept. 15. Photo: Mazen Mahdi/AFP via Getty Images

U.S., Emirati and Sudanese officials will hold a decisive meeting in Abu Dhabi on Monday on a possible normalization agreement between Sudan and Israel, Sudanese sources told me.

Why it matters: If the U.S. and the United Arab Emirates accommodate Sudan’s requests for economic aid, an announcement on a normalization agreement with Israel similar to the ones struck with the UAE and Bahrain could be made within days, sources briefed on the process tell me.

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7 states set single-day coronavirus case records last week

Data: Compiled by Axios; Map: Danielle Alberti/Axios

Seven states set new highs last week for coronavirus infections recorded in a single day, according to the COVID Tracking Project and state health departments. Wisconsin and Nebraska surpassed records set the previous week.

Why it matters: Problem spots are sticking in the Midwest, although the U.S. is moving in the right direction overall after massive infection spikes this summer.