Uber CEO apologizes for his ?mistake’ misstep

Industry

The CEO of Uber apologized last week after comparing the death of a woman hit by one of the company’s self-driving vehicles to the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Saudi Arabia. The comments prompted some Twitter users to encourage a boycott of the ride-hailing company.

Dara Khosrowshahi, when asked about the killing of Khashoggi during an interview with Axios on HBO, called it a “serious mistake” by the Saudi government.

“We’ve made mistakes, too, right, with self-driving, and we stopped driving, and we’re recovering from that mistake,” Khosrowshahi said. “So I think that people make mistakes.”

But he backtracked from the comments during his weekly meeting with employees, on Twitter and in a statement to Axios before the interview aired.

“I don’t believe that the Khashoggi murder is something to be forgiven or forgotten, and I was plain wrong to compare it to anything that we have been through,” he said, according to The Washington Post. “That was absolutely wrong.”

Uber stopped testing self-driving vehicles after the March 2018 accident when a Volvo XC90 struck and killed a pedestrian in Tempe, Ariz. Video footage from a camera in the vehicle showed that the safety driver was not paying attention because she was watching a TV show on her phone at the time of the crash.

Products You May Like

Articles You May Like

Tesla overtakes Toyota to become world’s most valuable carmaker
2021 Kia K5 preview
Tesla Autopilot rewrite is coming in bid to extend Full Self Driving features
House Democrats to lay out new plan for cutting emissions
Pacifica Mom is back, after filming ads on an iPhone

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *