As of the month of September, Uber did not have a permit to run self-driven cars on the streets of California.
The California DMV confirmed that Uber is not allowed to use self- driven autonomous cars, and warned to remove the vehicles with an immediate effect.
It seems like, Uber still lacks support from the government officials.
A standoff between Uber and the state of California.
Uber finally has broken its silence saying:
The cars are on the road today and We’re intending to continue.
As a result of which Uber received a letter from California’s Attorney General saying that the company must remove the self-driven vehicles immediately from the roadways of California.
He also warned Uber for not using its self-driven vehicles until it gets the appropriate permit or else the Attorney General “will seek injunctive and other appropriate relief.”
From past 6 years, Uber has grown from a small start-up to an MNC in more than 72 countries. The company gained its fame for connecting the passengers with the drivers directly, just through an app.
Uber is also known for its history of adding new features and products to the app before taking the required legal permits. Therefore, it can be considered that the rollout in terms of self-driven cars in California is not a new thing for the company.
Levandowski Uber’s Vice-President said during the conference over a call:
While these are considered state of the art today, they still require monitoring by a vehicle operator at all times. We believe they are no different than any other car on the road today.
Whereas, the DMV stated that every single installment in terms of new technology and features are subjected to the law, and ordered Uber to follow it.
On Wednesday, the California DMV mentioned in a letter to Uber:
It is illegal for the company to operate its self-driving vehicles on public roads until it receives an autonomous vehicle testing permit. Any action by Uber to continue the operation of vehicles equipped with autonomous technology on public streets in California must cease.