Uber has requested for the California permit- hope it will be back soon
Uber has been facing many regulatory issues since its establishment in 2009. One of the best qualities of a well-established company is to fight battles and get good recognition from its users. Uber is the best example for this. It has fought all its battles and it is in the successful position today. There were many obstacles in its journey. In each obstacle, it has experienced a different regulatory issue. The company has all the best products, and its services are good. The one main reason for all the regulatory issues is that the company will begin its services without getting the proper permission from the concerned authorities.
And the company has faced many issues when it began testing the self-driving cars. And one such issue is that Uber was made to move out of California. The story behind this issue is as follows.
Uber moved out of California
The law regulators of California forced Uber to move out of their state and to take off their operations for failing to obtain the required permits for the self-driving cars from the concerned authorities.
Following this, Uber packed up the cars and it shifted to Arizona. Uber was welcomed by the state officials of Arizona and it began to test the self-driving cars there.
When Uber moved to Arizona, the state framed the rules and it started doing all the necessary things for the smooth conduct of the testing program of the self-driving cars. And many states were looking to adopt the technology and they were making ready their roadways for welcoming the self-driving cars and also the manufacturers of those cars.
Twelve state governments have passed the rules and legislations and they issued the executive orders related to the self-driving vehicles.
At present, there are only a few states that have this status regarding the autonomous cars. Five years ago, it looked like many states will be supporting the self-driving cars. Many states are thinking that how this will actually work out in reality.
California was one of the earliest states to pass the laws governing the self-driving vehicles. In 2012, the state required the companies testing the vehicles on the roads to obtain the special permits and it asked the companies to disclose certain information about how the vehicles would perform and how they will manage themselves in the case of the emergency situations. Some of the more recent policies of the state have been criticized as inconvenient and it seems like shifting to innovation.
The California’s Department of Motor Vehicles expressed a strong criticism to Uber because the ride-sharing company began to test its self-driving cars on the roads of San Francisco without obtaining any requited permits from the concerned authorities. DMV canceled the automobile registrations for Uber and requested the company to halt their program.
The autonomous vehicles testing regulation of California is seeking the balance between the proving assurance to the public safety and to hold the innovation. These regulations were framed two years ago and they are following the same regulations for the 20 manufacturers. Now, more than 130 autonomous vehicles are being tested on the roads of California.
On its side, Uber acknowledged the state from the start for the decision to launch the self-driving cars without the permission. Uber maintains that its vehicles do not meet the definition of the state for the autonomous vehicles because Uber’s self-driving cars need a driver and an engineer inside the car. The driver and the engineer are in the car to take care of the self-driving car in case of any emergency. And the driver will operate the car in the risky situations, where they think that the self-driving car may not handle the situation.
Public policy conflicts are nothing new for Uber . The company expanded its ride-hailing service by avoiding its regulators and launching the programs without the required approvals. This strategy was the major reason for banning Uber in many cities across the world. In the other cities, the regulators tried to impose penalties on Uber and in some cities they have asked Uber to shut their services. Despite this, Uber maintains the large user base and till now, its new services are getting recognition from the users.
It is somewhat different this time. Before, the company depended on the network of contractors to use their personal vehicles. Now, Uber owns its fleet of self-driving cars and employees the people those who operate the autonomous cars. This will be the new resource for the regulators, such as the California’s decision to cancel the registrations, these regulations they didn’t have before.
The states along with the Federal Government have overseen the different sides of the automotive regulation. Meanwhile, Washington has framed the standards for the safety and emissions, for example, the states which control the insurance requirements and the license controls same as California did.
The National Highway Safety Transit Administration sought to explain how these rules apply to the autonomous cars when it mentioned its expectations for the self-driving vehicle technology.
Most of the State governments will summon early in starting of every New Year. And the issue is generally, they will end up in general assembly across the country. Nearly, 12 states have taken up the self-driving bills during the past few years. Most of the states have failed in it.
Uber back to California
It is the surprise for the California government that Uber announces that it will apply and obey to the state permit to legally test self-driving cars in its home-state.
This move of Uber to work with the state regulators happens nearly two months after DMV forced Uber’s self-driving Volvos out off San Francisco.
Uber the world’s most popular and valuable startup wouldn’t say when its self-driving cars will return to San Francisco.
Uber’s spokesperson said that the company is taking steps to complete their application in order to apply for the DMV testing permit. And Uber will be 100% dedicated and committed to California.
The spokesperson of DMV said that DMV and Uber are undergoing a talk regarding the application process.
Still, Uber has not submitted their autonomous vehicle tester program application. But just as they provide support to other manufacturers, DMV is providing assistance with the necessary steps to apply and receive the test permit from the committee.
Uber took off its autonomous vehicles on the roads of San Francisco in January 2017, without having the $150 permit from the California Department of Motor Vehicles. After this, DMV canceled the Uber registrations.
Recently, Uber said that the company has not changed its position on what forms the autonomous car.
DMV has issued a temporary permit for two Uber’s autonomous Volvos. And those cars are back on the roads of California. The condition is that these cars should not go into the self-driving mode until the permanent permit is issued.
The company has previously received acceptance from DMV to drive five autonomous, but they should operate without the self-driving functionality, these vehicles should be used only for the mapping purposes.
DMV says that if Uber receives the autonomous test permit, the company has to report all the accidents made by its self-driving fleet, which resulted in any damage or injury, as well as it has to report the situations when the autonomous technology failed and the human driver takes the wheel.