Robyn Beck/Getty Images Approximately 100 employees in Uber's self-driving operations across Pittsburgh and San Francisco have been laid off, Quartz\u00a0reported Wednesday. According to the report, Uber held a meeting on July 11 announcing to around 100 safety drivers of their autonomous fleet that they would be laid off. With the positions abolished, Uber plans to train up new drivers known as "mission specialists" with a more advanced skill set that will help develop the self-driving fleet by providing additional feedback to Uber developers. CNET reached out to Uber for comment, but at time of writing had not received a reply. Uber has told multiple news outlets that drivers laid off could apply for the 55 "mission specialist" positions that will be created and will be given priority consideration. Although operations are being wound back, an Uber spokesperson told Quartz that the team "remains committed to building safe self-driving technology" and "look forward to returning to public roads in the coming months." Uber's driverless-car operations\u00a0were shuttered in Arizona\u00a0and 300 employees were laid off in May, following the\u00a0first pedestrian fatality by an autonomous vehicle. Experts suggested that the crash was avoidable. As a result of the incident, Uber also halted operations across North America, with autonomous fleets in San Francisco, Toronto, Tempe and Pittsburgh all pulled off the roads. Now Playing: Watch this: Google and Uber invest in scooter company, latest iOS... 1:12 Tech Enabled: CNET chronicles tech's role in providing new kinds of accessibility. The Smartest Stuff: Innovators are thinking up new ways to make you, and the things around you, smarter.