Uber bows before California’s power and parks its robo-cars

WIRED, 21 DECEMBER 2016, FEAT. PROF. BRYANT WALKER SMITH:

Uber’s showdown with California regulators is over, and the regulators won. For now.

After a week of legal threats, meetings, and very official letters, Uber announced late Wednesday that it would park the self-driving vehicles that have been providing rides in San Francisco. Legally, the company had little choice, because the state Department of Motor Vehicles officially revoked the registration on each of the 16 robo-cars after Uber brazenly refused to apply for an autonomous testing permit. Tough tactics aside, regulators did extend a hand in friendship.

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