The Wall Street Journal: Uber lays off autonomous-car test drivers in Pittsburgh, San Francisco

Uber Technologies Inc. is cutting more than 100 test-driver jobs from its autonomous vehicle program in Pittsburgh and San Francisco months after a fatal crash involving one of the robot cars.

Uber on Wednesday explained the move by saying it wants to focus on more highly trained drivers that it is dubbing “mission specialists,” who can man the autonomous vehicles on both test tracks and on public roads. The company in May eliminated about 300 similar jobs in Tempe, Ariz. — the site of the crash that killed a pedestrian — and closed its operations there after the state’s governor barred further testing of the vehicles on public roads.

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