March 9, 2017
Ride-hailing company Uber Technologies Inc. plans to bring back its self-driving cars to California, after ending a squabble with the state over a $150 permit to test two vehicles. The San Francisco-based company was granted permission to operate two autonomous vehicles on public roads.
Uber previously said the provision was unnecessary and overreaching. Earlier tests on the streets of San Francisco were deemed illegal by the California Department of Motor Vehicles. California’s subsequent invalidation of the vehicles’ registrations led Uber to move a fleet of vehicles to Arizona.
The program also includes 48 DMV-approved people who serve as in-car drivers, should malfunctions occur during tests. Initially, vehicles won’t be picking up riders, though Uber plans to eventually add that capability.
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