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Uber Just Laid Off Its Pittsburgh Autonomous Car Drivers

The layoffs signal a dramatic scaling back of the company’s autonomous vehicle testing.
 U.S. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigators examine the self-driving Uber vehicle involved in a fatal accident in Tempe, Arizona, in March.
U.S. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigators examine the self-driving Uber vehicle involved in a fatal accident in Tempe, Arizona, in March.File photo/Reuters

More than 100 Uber employees who piloted the company’s nascent self-driving cars in Pittsburgh and San Francisco were laid off on Wednesday afternoon, four months after one such vehicle struck and killed a pedestrian in Arizona.

The layoffs are the latest scale-back of the company’s autonomous vehicle testing program, following other cuts that collectively have slashed the number of autonomous vehicle operators from roughly 400 to 55. Former and current employees expect future testing to follow much more limited routes.