Uber Moves Autonomous Testing from San Francisco to Arizona

By Team Writer / January 6, 2017

Having faith in partially autonomous vehicles to make the right decision when it’s you or someone you care about in that vulnerable position hits at the heart of what the controversy is about. The people of Pittsburgh and San Francisco walking and riding and driving our streets haven’t necessarily signed up to be part of this grand experiment. An experiment in which it’s easy to recognize the potential of people getting injured or killed along the way. It’s why collectively we look to our policymakers for assurances that they’ve thought through these things and are working to protect us through this process.

Key Takeaways:

  • California considers autonomous cars as vehicles with the capability of driving “without the active physical control or monitoring of a natural person.”
  • California disagreed and told Uber to apply for autonomous driving permits like other automakers and companies have.
  • In an interview with the San Francisco Chronicle last Thursday, an Uber spokesperson, when asked if the company would apply for the permit, replied it has “no plans to do so today.”

“Arizona welcomes Uber self-driving cars with open arms and wide open roads. While California puts the brakes on innovation and change with more bureaucracy and more regulation, Arizona is paving the way for new technology and new businesses.”


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