A little over a week ago, Uber launched its self-driving cars in San Francisco, but they were forced to halt the program after California’s DMV revoked their car registrations as Uber did not have the necessary permits to test their vehicles. However it seems that this isn’t the end of Uber’s self-driving car plans. Instead it seems the company has decided to test them elsewhere.
Where, you ask? It seems that Arizona has decided to welcome Uber with open arms and as you can see in the photo above, it is Uber shipping their cars off to Arizona where the trial is expected to resume. In a statement by Uber, “Our cars departed for Arizona this morning by truck. We’ll be expanding our self-driving pilot there in the next few weeks, and we’re excited to have the support of Governor Ducey.”
A post on the Arizona Governor’s website reads, “Arizona welcomes Uber self-driving cars with open arms and wide open roads. While California puts the brakes on innovation and change with more bureaucracy and more regulation, Arizona is paving the way for new technology and new businesses.”
Governor Ducey adds, “In 2015, I signed an executive order supporting the testing and operation of self-driving cars in Arizona with an emphasis on innovation, economic growth, and most importantly, public safety. This is about economic development, but it’s also about changing the way we live and work. Arizona is proud to be open for business. California may not want you, but we do.”