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News Story
3/10/2017
Posted by Connor
SAN FRANCISCO (CN) – The California Department of Motor Vehicles issued a permit for self-driving cars to Uber Wednesday, representing yet another step toward diffusing the strident battle the ride-hail giant fought against its home state last December. The permit will allow for the testing of two driverless vehicles – 2017 Volvo XC90s...
News Story
3/10/2017
Posted by Connor
The same week that the Department of Motor Vehicles gave Uber permission to deploy two self-driving vehicles on California streets, an AAA survey revealed Americans are anything but comfortable riding in cars that have a robot behind the wheel. The Auto Club revealed that three-quarters of U.S. drivers fear riding in self-driving cars; a majority...
News Release
3/10/2017
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – New regulations formally proposed today by the California Department of Motor Vehicles covering deployment of robot cars and testing of self-driving cars without steering wheels weaken safety protections, Consumer Watchdog said. It called for the regulations to be strengthened before they take effect. The nonpartisan,...
News Story
3/9/2017
Posted by Connor
Uber's self-driving cars will return to California's streets, though the ride-hailing company doesn't immediately plan to pick up passengers. Uber received a permit Wednesday to test two Volvo SUVs on public roads, the California Department of Motor Vehicles said. Regulators also approved 48 people as backup drivers who must sit behind...
News Release
3/8/2017
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA. – Uber today received a permit from the California Department of Motor Vehicles to test its robot cars in the state and Consumer Watchdog warned that the cars should not carry passengers while still being tested. “When Uber illegally deployed its robot cars in San Francisco last year, the vehicles were observed...
News Release
3/8/2017
Posted by Harvey Rosenfield
SANTA MONICA, CA: “Self-driving” vehicles will pose unprecedented safety, security, and privacy risks, and insurance companies and auto makers will try to shift the blame – and the costs – to consumers through higher insurance rates, Consumer Watchdog warned today in an informational hearing in Sacramento conducted by the...
News Story
3/8/2017
Posted by Connor
Uber’s self-driving Volvos are finally street-legal. Well, two of them are, anyway. The ride-hailing startup on Wednesday received a permit from the California Department of Motor Vehicles that allows it to test two self-driving cars on public roads, a DMV spokeswoman said. The permit covers 48 drivers for the two cars. Uber says its self-...
News Story
3/2/2017
Posted by Connor
SAN FRANCISCO — In a surprising about-face, Uber said Thursday it will apply for the state permit needed to legally test its self-driving cars here — a step the company previously had refused to take. Uber’s move to work with state regulators comes nearly two months after the California Department of Motor...
News Story
3/2/2017
Posted by Connor
Uber says it is working on an application for a California self-driving car permit — two months after the company publicly refused to do so and moved its autonomous vehicles from San Francisco to Arizona. The Mercury News first reported that the company has been working with the California Department of Motor Vehicles on the application...
News Story
2/23/2017
Posted by Connor
It sounds like the beginning of a bar room joke. Two self-driving cars are headed down the highway when the lead car decides to  speed up to avoid being rear-ended by the second. That car, in turn, slows down to avoid hitting the first. Then a third car suddenly comes between the two, prompting  the slower car to change lanes to avoid...