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Uber’s disastrous self-driving trials end after a week as licenses pulled

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After a week of trials where it was accused of turning into bike lines, running red lights and failing to stop for pedestrians, Uber has halted its use of self-driving cars in San Fransisco.

But not voluntarily.

The California DMV, which threatened Uber with legal action unless the firm halted the trials, earlier this week, has now revoked the licenses of the 16 cars being used in the pilot scheme.

Following the decision the company said it was “looking at where we can redeploy these cars but remain 100 percent committed to California and will be redoubling our efforts to develop workable statewide rules.”

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Uber’s entry into the self-driving market was considered premature given it had not been given permission to operate on public roads. At the time the firm said it didn't need a permit to test the Volvo SUVs.

The ride-sharing start-up had defied demands to halt the pilot, but now it has no choice but to abide.

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cleanupcars

December 23, 2016, 12:29 pm

If the driverless vehicle is involved in an incident where the passengers are injured or killed, other motorists, cyclists, pedestrians, property etc., then who is responsible for the carnage?

There are a number of roads in my area where cars are parked both sides, and so room for only one lane down the middle. Safe passage has to be "negotiated" with drivers coming the other way. Would like to see a driverless car get that one right!

To me , driverless cars are as welcome as Amazon drones. Are these companies hell bent on robotizing as many commercial transactions as possible. Possible subject for Charlie Brooker's "Black Mirror".

Hope future Uber service can help me with the luggage!

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