Uber indicated today that it would relocate its self-driving pilot program to Arizona after its operations in San Francisco were shut down by the California Department of Motor Vehicles.
In a statement, the company said that it had begun moving its fleet of Volvo test vehicles today and would re-launch its program in Arizona in the coming weeks.
Uber introduced its autonomous ride-hailing service in San Francisco last week, only to have the DMV rule that the its test vehicle had not been registered as self-driving cars. Following a demand for Uber to cease its operations, the DMV announced that the registration for the test vehicles has been revoked.
For its part, Uber maintains that the vehicles did not require self-driving permits because its engineers are constantly overseeing their operation and therefore are not categorized as autonomous.
Uber says that it remains committed to deploying its vehicles in California and “will be redoubling our efforts to develop workable statewide rules.”
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