A few months ago Uber and Volvo signed an agreement to work on self-driving vehicles – and this week they hit the streets of San Francisco. However the project has already hit a few snags. For starters, Uber doesn’t have the necessary permits to launch self-driving vehicles – and one of the Volvo XC90 prototype vehicles reportedly ran a red light on day one.
Although Volvo’s XC90 self-driving prototypes have an Uber technician on board at all times to supervise, California regulators told Uber that it has to cease operating the self-driving cars until it gets a state permit. Although Uber has already tested the self-driving vehicles in Pittsburg, California has stricter guidelines for autonomous cars and requires that companies get permits from the Department of Motor Vehicles to use them on public roads. Without the permit, Uber is illegally operating the cars in California.
If Uber had received the permit prior to launching the program in San Francisco this week, it might not have much to worry about. Unfortunately there are now reports that the self-driving vehicles were running red lights in San Francisco. Uber quickly claimed that the incidents were due to human error, since the vehicles all have an Uber technician behind the wheel even when the vehicles are driving autonomously. An investigation is already in the works to see if the driver was actually to blame.
Via The Verge
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