Uber CEO: We're cooperating with Feds on self-driving car crash probe

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Uber has reached a settlement with the family of the woman killed by a self-driving Uber car in Arizona. Yahaira Jacquez reports.
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WASHINGTON — The CEO of Uber said Wednesday that the ride-hailing app is cooperating with federal investigators who are probing the company’s deadly self-driving crash in Arizona.

Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi said he still believes self-driving cars are a “very important part of the solution of getting rid of car ownership.”

But he did not say whether or when Uber would resume testing its own autonomous vehicles after the fatal crash in Tempe, Ariz. The company suspended tests after the accident.

Khosrowshahi said the company is aiding the National Transportation Safety Board in its investigation on why Uber’s car never noticed a woman crossing the street with her bicycle.

“Right now our total effort is helping them out and we’ll figure out what we do afterward,” Khosrowshahi said.

He added that self-driving cars “ultimately will make the world much, much safer.”

Khosrowshahi, who joined Uber in 2017 to help the company get back on track following a series of scandals, appeared at an event in Washington, D.C. to discuss the company’s heightened commitment to expanding ride services in congested cities.

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And Uber is now testing rental cars through peer-to-peer car-sharing service Getaround in San Francisco.  “Once we feel solid about the product market fit, we’ll be expanding nationally,” Uber mobility product head Jahan Khanna said.

The company also pledged to share data with cities to bolster mass transit services. And the company is adding the capability to transfer from an Uber ride to a bus or subway.

Khosrowshahi spoke on a panel with D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser, whose administration is pursuing a tax on ride-sharing services to help fund fixes for the city’s light rail system.

He pledged to have a “constructive dialogue” on the prospect of a ride-sharing tax but called for “it to be fair and equitable.”

Follow USA TODAY reporter Nathan Bomey on Twitter @NathanBomey.

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