After a week of fighting with the California regulators, Uber has finally stopped its self-driving car test. The California regulators canceled the company’s registrations after it has deemed to operate illegally.
Within the rough week, Uber broke the fundamental laws of the state. It also met complaints from cyclists declaring that the cars were unsafe to the roadway.
The self-driving car service is part of the company’s ride-hailing service.
The company announced that it is testing its self-driving technology in San Francisco on December 14. However, the testing in the city has already started for a month. The experiment included an engineer and a driver. The driver could take control of the car whenever necessary.
But the self-driving car test of the company presented a new set of challenges in San Francisco. One of them is the fact that the city is small and with major traffic congestion. It also has a culture for alternative transportation. In other words, the self-driving car would share the road with cyclists, buses, and street cars.
The testing was made public a day before the DMV told Uber to stop the test. If the company did not meet the requirements, the government agency would contest the company to force it to stop the program.
Why Is It Illegal?
The law in the said state requires that self-driving technology on public roads should get a special permit. The companies should also provide proof that they are responsible for any issues that might arise. They should also disclose if the self-driving car is involved in an accident or when a human driver can take control of the vehicle.
According to the DMV deputy director, those requirements are there to establish public trust regarding the safety of the technology and confidence in enabling autonomous vehicles on the public streets.
But because Uber did not satisfy the DMV’s requirements, it revoked the registration for Uber’s self-driving vehicles.
Apart from that, Uber encountered other issues in San Francisco. One of the business owners in the said city reported that the self-driving vehicle ran a red light and had nearly caused a crash. However, the company denied the claim. It stated that it was the fault of the human driver that operate cars.
Will Uber Get A Permit?
Unfortunately, the company is not planning to obtain a permit immediately. The reason for this is that it still maintains that its self-driving cars do not meet the legal definition for autonomous vehicles as they still require a human driver to be present all the time. It also accused DMV that it is inconsistent concerning the implementation of the permit requirement because Tesla’s cars with the same technology do not require permits.
The company is also looking at places where it can redeploy its cars. It means that it could still take those vehicles to one of the other states in the US that allow the testing of autonomous driving. However, the company did not state where it would take its cars in the future.