The display shows what Uber's self-driving Volvo XC90 SUV sees during a test drive in downtown San Francisco on Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2016 in San Francisco, Calif. The screen is produced with the help of LIDAR, a laser system that maps out the car's surroundings, that is attached to the top of the roof. Photo: Santiago Mejia, The San Francisco Chronicle.
Uber pulled its self-driving Volvos off the roads in San Francisco on Wednesday, a week after they began picking up passengers, as the Department of Motor Vehicles revoked the cars’ registrations.
“It was determined that the registrations were improperly issued for these vehicles because they were not properly marked as test vehicles,” the DMV said in a statement following a meeting of the agency, Uber and the California attorney general’s office.
Trisha Thadani of SFGate.com reports that the ride-hailing company angered state and local officials by refusing to get a permit to operate the self-driving cars. Since the pilot began on Dec. 14, San Franciscans have flagged several incidents involving the self-driving Ubers, from running red lights to making right turns through bike lanes — even though cars had human operators in them too.
Uber’s next move is unclear, but the company has stopped the pilot and may now send its 16 self-driving Volvo XC90s elsewhere. Uber still has the option of applying for a DMV permit.