In Arizona, autonomous Ubers are ready to be used by passengers. After surpassing some obstacles, Uber managed to set up its self-driving pilot program in Arizona. On February 21, Uber twitted that their self-driving Volvo XC90s is operational in California. It has been over a month since this issue is debated between Uber and the California Department of Motor Vehicle.
In December 2016, the auto company introduced its autonomous Ubers in California. Nevertheless, the company did not check if everything was totally safe, completely ignoring the requirements of DMV, paying a $150 permit and accident disclosures. The company chooses to do this claiming that they used drivers who were bound to be present and assume control if necessary. Thus, the requirements of DMV were no longer necessary.
Since the new strategy did not make the DMV’s stipulations unnecessary, the DMV demanded that Uber should stop the development of its pilot program until its permit is secured. At first, Uber did not want to fulfill the request. However, it finally did only after the DMV canceled the registration for all its 16 autonomous cars.
Uber Technologies Inc self-driving program deals with criticism from several perspectives due to the fact that the company halted its upsurge in the middle of a temporary taxi strike which was bound to protest against Donald Trump’s immigration ban. The company even received a sexual harassment claim from a software engineer who used to work there and a boycott was organized.
Uber decided to load a truck with its self-driving XC90s and drive towards Arizona. Thus, Uber reached the wanted results, and on February 21, the company managed to make its cars to be operational. A local reporter tweeted that Doug Ducey, the Governor of Arizona, declared that he is ready to test this type of cars first. Ducey was glad that Uber reached Arizona even after its self-driving technology was banned from San Francisco by the California Department of Motor Vehicles.
These self-driving vehicles are more likely to function as they did before, operating within the Uber fleet in Tempe area, where users will not be able to request for this kind of Ubers specifically. Now that the regulations regarding autonomous cars became a little eased, these autonomous Volvo XC90s may stick around in Arizona for a while.
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