Uber to Restart Self-Driving Car Tests in California

A new permit allows Uber to restart self-driving vehicle tests, two years after pedestrian death.

February 10, 2020

ALEXANDRIA, Va.—The California Department of Motor Vehicles issued a permit to Uber Technologies’ self-driving unit, Uber Advanced Technologies, which allows the ride-sharing company to restart tests for its self-driving vehicles, reports Automotive News. This comes almost two years after an Uber Advanced Technologies autonomous vehicle killed a pedestrian in Arizona.

Tests must have a backup driver in the car and although the company doesn’t have immediate plans to engage in autonomous driving on public roads in California, the new permit gets them one step closer. Once it’s ready, the company will notify local, state and federal stakeholders beforehand.

After the fatal accident in May 2018, Tech Crunch says that Uber resumed on-road testing in Pittsburgh in December 2018 and has already started to map out Washington, D.C., this year. The company plans to launch autonomous vehicles in D.C. before the end of 2020.

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