Uber halts California self-driving cars test

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Uber had started to pick up passengers in specially-modified Volvo self-driving cars

Ride-sharing firm Uber has suspended its test of self-driving cars in San Francisco after regulators revoked the registration for the cars.

Authorities had threatened legal action if Uber did not obtain a special permit to test autonomous vehicles.

The company insisted it did not need the permit, as the cars are not fully autonomous.

Uber had only just started giving passengers the option of a booking a self-driving car, with a safety driver.

“We’re now looking at where we can redeploy these cars, but remain 100% committed to California and will be redoubling our efforts to develop workable statewide rules,” Uber said in response to the decision.

The firm first started trialling the service in Pittsburgh, where it has so far not hit any problems with regulators.

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