CALIFORNIA STOPS UBER’S SELF-DRIVING CAR TESTING
Uber announced Wednesday it is bringing a small number of self-driving cars to its ride-hailing service in San Francisco. And regulators promptly told the company to stop using the car service until it acquired a state permit.
The test in Uber’s hometown is meant to expand a public pilot program the company started in Pittsburgh in September.
The test lets everyday people experience the cars as Uber works to identify glitches before expanding the technology’s use.
California law, however, requires a test permit for “autonomous vehicles,” and Uber does not have one. The company argued that the law doesn’t apply because its cars require a human backup — so while they are self-driving, they are not autonomous.