Uber Will Continue to Test Self-Driving Cars in San Francisco Despite Cease Order From DMV

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An Uber driverless Ford Fusion drives down Smallman Street on September, 22, 2016 in Pittsburgh. (Credit: Jeff Swensen/Getty Images)

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Uber said it will continue to operate its self-driving cars in San Francisco despite demands from the California Department of Motor Vehicles to cease its program or face legal action.

In a call with reporters Friday, Anthony Levandowski, Uber’s vice president for self-driving technology, argued that the ride-hailing giant’s newest cars shouldn’t be regulated like autonomous vehicles because they still require human drivers in case of emergency.

In essence, Uber’s new fleet of taxis should be treated the same as Tesla, Levandowski said.

“It’s hard to understand why the DMV would seek to require self-driving Ubers to get permits when it accepts that Tesla’s Autopilot technology does not need them,” he said.

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