While this does not relate to the Federal DOT regulations, I'll put it into this thread since it relates to government regulation of autonomous vehicles:State regulators demand Uber halt self-driving car program, threaten legal action
San Jose Mercury News wrote:SAN FRANCISCO — In a challenge to state authority, Uber is refusing to seek a permit for the self-driving cars it rolled out in San Francisco on Wednesday, prompting California regulators to immediately attempt to shut down the program.
The Department of Motor Vehicles, which regulates the use of autonomous vehicles on the state’s roadways, demanded that Uber obtain the proper permit or face legal action. Until Uber complies, regulators wrote Wednesday in a letter to Uber, the company must stop testing its cars on public streets.
“These requirements serve to build public trust in the safety of the technology and to foster confidence in allowing autonomous vehicles on public streets,” DMV deputy director and chief counsel Brian Soublet wrote in the letter. “Had Uber obtained an autonomous vehicle testing permit prior to today, the company’s launch would have been permissible. However, it is illegal for the company to operate its self-driving vehicles on public roads until it receives on autonomous vehicle testing permit.”
I'm with the government on this one. It is completely over the top for Uber to think they can conduct their testing of this new technology on public roads with following the permitting process. To put their financial interests above the safety concerns of others who have no financial interest in this development is the height of arrogance, IMO.
It will be interesting to see this one play out.