Uber just had one of the weirdest days ever
Yesterday morning, Uber announced that its self-driving car service was live in San Francisco. However, the launch wasn’t without its share of controversy. Apparently, the 7-year-old company failed to get a permit from the California DMV for “autonomous vehicle testing.”
According to Uber, that’s because they don’t consider their cars to be autonomous, since they have 2 humans involved — one ready to grab the wheel, the other watching for pedestrians and taking notes.
Fast-forward a few hours…
A video was uploaded to YouTube that shows one of Uber’s modified vehicles running a red light. And we’re not talking about a questionable offense here… it’s pretty darn blatant.
Then, around the same time, a Lyft rider tweeted that a self-driving Uber had just “lurched into the intersection” nearly hitting that car she was in.
Doesn’t look like Uber ever responded to the second incident (maybe they think it’s their competitor, Lyft, trying to blowup their spot?), but here’s their response to the video:
“This vehicle was not part of the pilot and was not carrying customers. The driver involved has been suspended while we continue to investigate.”
And it only got worse from there…
The California DMV, clearly frustrated by Uber’s utter disregard for the rules, sent a letter saying that the company “must cease” operating its self-driving cars.
They then added, “If Uber does not confirm immediately that it will stop its launch and seek a testing permit, DMV will initiate legal action, including, but not limited to, seeking injunctive relief.”