Last updated: May 28, 2017

Uber launches self-driving car fleet in San Francisco despite warning from regulator

Uber's Volvo XC90 self driving car is shown during a demonstration of self-driving automotive technology in PittsburghBy Heather Somerville and Alexandria Sage SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Uber Technologies Inc rolled out its self-driving car fleet in its hometown of San Francisco on Wednesday, but faced a backlash from state regulators who say the company needs a permit to keep the vehicles on the road. The California Department of Motor Vehicles sent a letter to Uber on Wednesday ordering the company to "cease the operations" of its autonomous cars until it applies for and receives the testing permit required by the state. Uber responded that it did not need the permit, because its cars require a person to constantly monitor and take control of the wheel, which does not meet the definition of autonomous.



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