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Uber self-driving pilot test in San Francisco shut down by DMV

Uber self-driving pilot test in San Francisco shut down by DMV image

Nica Onate / Volvo | December 23, 2016 10:59

Uber to move fleet of self-driving cars to Arizona after DMV halts trial run in California

Uber Technologies Inc. has announced that it will shift its self-driving tests to Arizona after the company's trial run in San Francisco came to a halt.

After the company announced its self-driving program last week, the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) in California quickly called their attention. DMV said that Uber failed to register their cars as autonomous cars and demanded the company to stop the program.

However, Uber claims that their vehicles do not classify as autonomous if defined by California's interpretation. The company also said that vehicles used do not have the capability to function without supervision of a human operator.

Uber to shift self-driving pilot testing to Arizona

In addition, the company said that pilot vehicles function alike more than a driver assist technology.

“We’re now looking at where we can redeploy these cars but remain 100 percent committed to California and will be redoubling our efforts to develop workable statewide rules,” said Uber.

However, if California does not want Uber, Arizona does, said Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey through a tweet. In response to this, Uber said that they are thrilled to launch the Arizona pilot in the next few weeks.