Uber recently announced its availability of autonomous cars on the street of San Francisco but already they are facing opposition from the State of California. This is because the State of California insists that Uber needs a permit to test their autonomous vehicle but like in the past incident Uber expresses that it does not need any extra permits.
Anthony Levandowski of Autonomous lead said that “we respectfully disagree with the California Department of Motor Vehicles legal interpretation of today’s autonomous regulations, in particular that Uber needs a testing permit to operate its self-driving cars in San Francisco.”
Uber views their autonomous cars differently than the State, they insist that their cars won’t run without a human operator seated behind the wheel so it is not different than the widely adopted driver assistant technology. The state however disagrees and the matter is now forwarded to the Attorney Generals office but it is not certain that what the next step will be. A statement from the Mayor’s office said that said: “The Mayor is working with the DMV, state officials and the city attorney’s office to explore all possible avenues available to us to enforce state law.” The state can now request an injunction or revoke the cars registrations.