Uber was really confident that its tests on the self-driving car in San Francisco was legal and it didn’t need any additional permits. But they need to rethink that matter. California Department of Motor Vehicles summoned Uber and told them that they will need a special permit to try out its autonomous ridesharing vehicles on state roads Like all the other 20 companies have done. This was not a cordial call either, it was a rather harsh letter that stated that “Uber must cease the San Francisco operation and apply for a permit if it wants to avoid legal action.”
There are many reasons why the state is so cautious. After only an hour the test went live, Charles Rotter posted a video of a self-driving Uber clearly running a red light. This didn’t have any consequences and Uber stated that this incident happened because of human error that wasn’t part of the pilot but there is no certainty that it will not happen again and have consequences. A permit is not a guarantee for preventing accidents but it will assure that Uber is following all the safety procedures.
Uber’s statement is given below
“This incident was due to human error. This is why we believe so much in making the roads safer by building self-driving Ubers. This vehicle was not part of the pilot and was not carrying customers. The driver involved has been suspended while we continue to investigate.”
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