Ari­zona gov­er­nor wel­comes Uber fleet of self-driv­ing cars

Kuwait Times - - TECHNOLOGY -

PHOENIX: Ari­zona Gov. Doug Ducey on Fri­day wel­comed the ar­rival of a fleet of Uber self-driv­ing cars de­liv­ered via a self-driv­ing truck that trans­ported them from Cal­i­for­nia. Ducey’s of­fice says the gov­er­nor wel­comed the truck car­ry­ing the self-driv­ing Volvos at the State Capi­tol in Phoenix. Uber an­nounced Thurs­day that it was ship­ping the cars to Ari­zona af­ter they were banned from Cal­i­for­nia roads over lack of re­quired per­mits.

Uber made the an­nounce­ment af­ter Ducey on Wed­nes­day and Thurs­day pro­moted Ari­zona as an al­ter­na­tive to Cal­i­for­nia for the ride-hail­ing com­pany to test its self-driv­ing cars.

Uber has not an­nounced when the cars will be tested, nor pro­vided de­tails about how many ve­hi­cles ar­rived in Ari­zona. Uber pre­vi­ously had 16 self­driv­ing cars reg­is­tered in Cal­i­for­nia. This story clar­i­fies that Uber’s self-driv­ing cars were banned in Cal­i­for­nia be­cause they lacked per­mits, not solely be­cause of safety con­cerns.—AP

SAN FRAN­CISCO: In this file photo, Devin Greene sits in the front seat of an Uber driver­less car dur­ing a test drive in San Fran­cisco.—AP

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