Uber's recent move into operating a fleet of self-driving cars has come at a time particularly speculative of such technology. Soon after Apple's driverless car technology focus shift was announced, Uber's cutting edge cars have been ordered off the streets of San Francisco (USA) until the transport company acquires the various required permits, particularly as footage has surfaced of two of their vehicles driving through red lights.
Only recently launched in the American city, the Californian state regulators have since demanded that Uber agrees a permit that actually facilitates any testing of driverless vehicles on public roads. In response, Uber acknowledged their knowledge of such a permit requirement, but having researched the permit's criteria, deemed one entirely unnecessary to obtain.
Anthony Levandowski, head of Uber's Advanced Technology Croup confirmed, "...first, we are not planning to operate any differently than in Pittsburgh, where our pilot has been running successfully for several months...second, the rules apply to cars that can drive without someone controlling or monitoring them. For us, it's still early days and our cars are not yet ready to drive without a person monitoring them." Such news and response has come on the same day that it was recorded and uploaded to YouTube two Uber driverless vehicles driving through red lights, one close to a pedestrian that could easily have been numerous.
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