The Denver Post - - BUSINESS -

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.

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