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>> Just one week after it started, Uber's self driving car program in San Fransisco is over. California's Department of Motor Vehicles on Wednesday revoking the registrations of Uber's 16 autonomous vehicles because they were not properly permitted. The ride sharing service had flouted that rule arguing, it didn't need a self-driving permit.
Because its cars still require cars still require monitoring by humans. Reuters Tech Editor Jonathan Weber is in San Fransisco.>> Well, it's a little bit strange because Uber could very readily get a permit from the DMV. It cost hardly anything and they can get it very quickly. So there's really two possibilities.
One is that Uber doesn't wanna give up the data that they have to do along with that permit. A second possibility is that it's more of a kind of statement of principle. Uber has a long history of kind of flouting regulations and then making it legal later and so this is kind of a protest.
They don't think that the DMV regulations are proper. And so this is one of their ways of trying to force changes in those rules.>> Other companies exploring self-driving cars, including Google, Tesla, and Ford, all have permits from the state's DMV. San Francisco was Uber's second test ground for its autonomous program.
But on Thursday, Uber saying, it's packed up its self-driving fleet and is trucking it out to Arizona to expand the pilot program there. The privately held company, worth more than $60 billion, unveiled its first self-driving cars in September in Pittsburgh, where permits are not required.