Driverless cars arrive in AZ amid fears they will kill jobs

  • Driverless cars arrive in AZ amid fears they will kill jobs

Driverless cars arrive in AZ amid fears they will kill jobs

In what might be construed as thumbing its nose at the state, the flatbeds were hauled by Uber's Otto self-driving big rigs, although it appeared they were not being autonomously driven. Since Uber still doesn't have one, but two individuals inside the auto, they said that the law does not apply to its vehicles. "Uber is welcome to test its autonomous technology in California like everybody else through the issuance of a testing permit that can take less than 72 hours to issue after a completed application is submitted", the DMV said in an emailed statement.

Doug Ducey welcomed the first of Uber's self-driving cars to the state Friday morning after California tried to force them off the roads.

Uber's fleet of self-driving cars has caused clashes with San Francicso regulators (OK Diario).

Uber officially launched their pilot program accessible to the riding public last week, strongly believing that they did not need self-driving permits since the cars have humans inside. The company has announced it is moving its 16 prototypes across the state line to Phoenix, Arizona.

Uber's self-driving programme which had run in San Francisco for only week was marked by a stand-off with the state DMV and attorney general, with both threatening legal action if Uber failed to remove its self-driving cars from the road, which it finally did on Wednesday. But he said that shouldn't stop what Uber and others are trying to do. It invited Uber to seek a permit so their vehicles could operate legally in California - an offer the company said it did not plan to accept.

Rather than pay $150 for a permit go through an expedited approval process, and continue operating the self-driving pilot program in San Francisco, Uber made a decision to pack up its toys and move to Arizona.

A signature effort of Ducey has been opening Arizona to the "sharing" economy.

Currently, there are 20 other companies who are undergoing self-driving trials, all of which have the necessary permits. Arizona has gained 83 companies and more than 12,000 jobs due to California's meddling bureaucracy, including investments by Google, Lucid Motors, and McKesson Corporation. These vehicles were all under a commercial trial to test the viability of self-driving technology.

"Our roads are confusing, and you can't just be doing what you want to do", San Francisco Board of Supervisors President London Breed said Wednesday evening.

"We're not looking to chase these companies out of the state, " Ducey said. If Uber obtained a permit, the company would be subject to the same filings, prompting concern that Uber is avoiding a permit because it does not want to share these statistics-something Levandowski refutes.