Uber’s self-driving cars still operating on SF roads despite DMW’s order

Uber’s self-driving cars still operating on SF roads despite DMW’s order

In a recent interaction with reporters, Anthony Levandowsk – VP of Uber’s Advanced Technologies Group – said that Uber will continue to offer self-driving vehicles to its passengers in San Francisco in spite of opposition from California DMW.

Uber ride-hailing service started testing its self-driving cars in San Francisco -- after having first launched the vehicles in Pittsburg a few months back -- on Wednesday. Later, the same day, the California DMW asked Uber to stop operating the self-driving cars as they run afoul of the state laws currently in place for self-driving vehicles.

The California DMW’s late Wednesday order to Uber to pull its self-driving Volvos off San Francisco roads stemmed from the fact that, as per the regulators, the company has not obtained the mandatory state permit required for autonomous cars.

However, in asserting that Uber is still operating its self-driving cars in San Francisco despite the DMW’s order, and intends to continue to do so, Levandowski reiterated Uber’s previous argument that the DMV’s definition of autonomous vehicles is not applicable to the company’s self-driving Volvos.

In defense of Uber’s decision to continue testing its self-driving cars with San Francisco passengers, Levandowski said “It’s hard to understand why the DMV would require self-driving Ubers to get permits when it accepts that Tesla autopilot technology does not need them.”


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