Uber moves self-driving cars from California to Arizona
- Author: Kyle Warner Dec 24, 2016,
Dec 24, 2016, 0:37
We want to make sure that our citizens are safe.
Naturally, the DMV asked Uber to halt its program until the proper papers were signed. In California, permit-holding companies must submit annual reports on the number of times their technology disengages and the number of times test drivers intervene.
It has been suggested that the underlying reason that Uber was standing its ground is the permit requires detailed disclosure of accidents and other incidents that are made public, something the company may not want.
The pilot cars always have an Uber engineer behind the steering wheel, and function more like driver assist technology, Levandowski said.
The cars had been on San Francisco streets for just a week when they were forced to the curb.
Uber has ended its brief driverless auto experiment in San Francisco - though not before trying to pull off a bit of corporate gymnastics.
An Uber spokesperson says, "Our cars departed for Arizona this morning by truck".
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Many technologists view self-driving autos as crucial to reducing transportation costs and saving lives because they hope they'll eliminate human error. However, many companies have said that the state's stringent rules hamper innovation and the emergence of new technologies.
The official guidelines for autonomous cars as issued by Governor Ducey's Executive Order and the Self-Driving Oversight Committee in 2015 require that human operator be able to take control of all autonomous vehicles at any point, but interestingly do notrequire a person being physically present. "We'll be expanding our self-driving pilot there in the next few weeks, and we're excited to have the support of Governor Ducey".
San Francisco is Uber's second self-driving city; its first cars have been cruising around Pittsburgh since September.
Despite these claims, it does not change the fact that within hours of their self-driving trial launch, a video was leaked of one of the vehicles running a red light in downtown San Francisco.
Uber also released a series images to journalists of the cars on trucks leaving the city - a very public rebuke to its home city and state.
The report cites a statement that reads: "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". Uber has insisted that it is declining to register on the principle that its vehicles need human operators and can not fully drive themselves - not to avoid reporting accidents.