After Uber defied California’s DMV, the DMV revoked Uber’s registrations


If these people are in California, this is not a self-driving Uber with an engineer up front. (credit: UberPop) On Wednesday night, the California DMV issued a statement saying it would revoke the registrations of 16 cars owned by Uber, which the company had been using to test its self-driving system. The DMV said that “the registrations were improperly issued for these vehicles because they were not properly marked as test vehicles.” The move from the California DMV comes after a contentious public battle last week, when Uber suddenly announced the launch of its pilot program in San Francisco (the same program had been running in Pittsburgh for a few months already). But Bloomberg noted that the ride-hailing company still hadn’t registered with the state’s DMV , which requires that companies looking to test self-driving cars apply for a special permit to do so on public roads. Uber countered that its system wasn’t very advanced yet and was indistinguishable from a mere Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS), which do not require special permits. Uber cited Tesla’s autopilot software, which drivers currently use without adhering to the DMV’s autonomous vehicle rules. Tesla, however, has registered with the state’s motor department to test autonomous vehicles. Read 4 remaining paragraphs | Comments

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After Uber defied California’s DMV, the DMV revoked Uber’s registrations


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