Toyota halts self-driving car testing program

Toyota halts self-driving car testing program, as their well being of drivers is important for them. Rick Bourgoise, communications manager with Toyota Research Institute, said that they think this type of incident could have disturbing effects for their company.


“We want to give drivers time to process and reflect,” he said. “Then we will resume.” Toyota has a small fleet of sensor-equipped Lexus vehicles that it has been testing on public roads in both Michigan and California. It will continue to test its cars on three closed.

Private facilities designed just for autonomous vehicles in California and in Michigan. Bourgoise said Toyota engineers in Japan would not be pausing their tests.

NuTonomy is a self-driving car company based in Boston. It is also going to halt its programs after being asked to by city officials. NuTonomy was bought by Delphi last fall for $450 million, part of a wave of acquisitions designed to ensure that all sectors of the automotive industry have a foothold in the new technology.

For the moment, self-driving car companies including large automakers or small start-ups seems unsure of how to proceed in the wake of the Arizona incident. They are showing fear to continue their testing.

Most of companies have not indicated that they will stop testing. Ford said that it would not halt its program.

San Francisco mayor Mark Farrell met with representatives from a number of self-driving tech companies and discusses parameters for autonomous vehicle testing in his city. The companies attending include Uber, Lyft, Zoox, GM Cruise, Waymo, and Phantom Auto.