The California DMV says Uber has to stop operating its self-driving cars in SF


The agency said it will have to take legal action otherwise.

It’s been a very busy day for Uber.

In a letter addressed to Anthony Levandowski, the co-founder of Otto and now head of Uber’s self-driving unit, the California DMV demanded that the ride-hail company stop operating its fleet of self-driving cars.

The company just launched its self-driving pilot in San Francisco on Wednesday morning.

But Uber never applied for a DMV permit to operate autonomous vehicles on public roads in California, as is required. That’s because the company’s “handful” of Volvo XC90s aren’t fully self-driving and thus have a safety driver behind the wheel, according to Uber. (That didn’t stop one from running a red light, however.)

Nevertheless, the DMV says the company still is required to obtain a permit.

“Had Uber obtained an autonomous vehicle testing permit prior to today, the company’s launch would have been permissible,” the letter reads. “If Uber does not confirm immediately that it will stop and seek a testing permit, DMV will initiate legal action, including, but not limited to, seeking injunctive relief.”

The ride-hail company is no stranger to fighting local legal battles, especially in its home base. Uber spent much of the beginning of its existence launching in markets across the U.S. before receiving regulatory approval.

We’ve reached out to Uber for comment.

Here’s the letter from the DMV in full:

via http://ift.tt/2gKRUwg

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s