Uber Won't Renew Permit for Self-Driving Cars in California

Arizona's state governor Doug Ducey has ordered officials to suspend Uber's right to test autonomous vehicles on local roads pending the outcome of inquiries by national transport safety regulations - in a report from the BBC.

The fatal crash coul be a serious crisis for Uber. In a letter to an Uber employee, California DMV deputy director Brian Soublet wrote that Uber had indicated it has "suspended its autonomous vehicle testing operations indefinitely in Arizona, California, Pennsylvania, and Toronto". "But the potentially drastic shift in accident liability associated with self-driving technology is causing many professionals to question the legal implications of the industry".

A spokesperson for the company said it was able to detect Herzberg one second before impact, "despite the poor second-hand quality of the video relative to a direct connection to cameras equipped to the auto".

Uber's existing permit to test self-driving cars on public roads in California is going to expire on March 31st.

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Uber Technologies Inc. won't renew a license to operate self-driving cars in California while the company evaluates how one of its vehicles killed a pedestrian in Arizona last week.

Uber may seek to renew its California permits at any time, although renewal while federal investigators continue to scrutinize the company over the Arizona crash may be a tough sell. Uber had already voluntarily suspended autonomous vehicle testing across North America in the wake of the crash.

It's not clear how long Uber's self-driving vehicles will be off the roads.

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California is a relatively small testing ground for Uber with 29 vehicles permitted for testing.

The Uber crash is being investigated by Tempe police, as well as the National Transportation Safety Board and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Uber said it would not reapply for a permit as part of the suspension of its vehicles from public roads. A Ford spokesman said the company was not involved in Uber's use of the Fusion or the self driving technology employed on the cars. An executive order signed by Ducey earlier this month requires only that testers submit a statement to state regulators attesting to their vehicles' safety.

On Friday, The New York Times reported that the company's own documents showed the testing program was rife with issues.

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