Uber parks San Francisco trial

Uber has suspended its test of self-driving cars in San Francisco.

The ride hailing firm offered passengers the opportunity book autonomous vehicles, but it didn’t have the correct permits and authorities threatened legal action.

Uber argued that because the vehicles came with a safety driver and are not fully autonomous, the permit was not needed.

Uber said, ‘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 has been running a similar trial in Pittsburgh without a permit. However, the 20 other companies testing self-driving technology in California do so with the special permit which requires the firms to report any accidents to the authorities.