Uber pulled 100 of its autonomous vehicles off the roads in California earlier this week. The company had come under fire for failing to register the self-driving vehicles properly, as other firms testing similar technology had been doing. As a result, the DMV yanked its registrations.
“We have stopped our self-driving pilot in California as the DMV has revoked the registrations for our self-driving cars,” Uber said in a statement on Thursday evening. “We’re now looking at where we can redeploy these cars but remain 100 percent committed to California and will be redoubling our efforts to develop workable statewide rules.”
Uber didn’t file the right paperwork
Uber was using Volvo XC90 cars in California, the same vehicle that it’s also testing in Pittsburgh, which was featured in a scary video of the car running a red light. There are two sides to every story, of course, but it seems like Uber had been warned about its practices of operating cars without the proper paperwork. Uber didn’t think it needed to register the same way as other companies testing autonomous technology, such as Google and Tesla, since its cars weren’t operating fully autonomously.
In any case, the law caught up with Uber and now it has 100 vehicles ready to be tested elsewhere. Might I suggest pulling a few into my driveway?