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Published: Fri, February 24, 2017
Tech | By Arthur Brown

Banished from California, self-driving Ubers now rolling in Arizona

Banished from California, self-driving Ubers now rolling in Arizona

When Uber left California last December, Ducey issued a statement that put the neighboring state down while lifting up his own: "While California puts the brakes on innovation and change with more bureaucracy and more regulation, Arizona is paving the way for new technology and new businesses". These autonomous cabs are powered by the self-driving technology that Uber itself has developed. The ride-sharing company announced that the Grand Canyon state will witness self-driving cars being used for the first time ever.

Commuters in Tempe, Arizona can now hail a self-driving Uber, as the company has begun testing its autonomous vehicles in the city with the blessings of the state government.

The Arizona launch comes just a few days after Uber was caught in another storm of controversy. It's been about two months since Uber packed up its toys and moved to a different (and more literal) sandbox, after getting into a big ol' kerfuffle with the California Department of Motor Vehicles. Uber took him up on his offer. Uber said it wouldn't, but eventually, it did, after the DMV revoked the registration for all 16 of its autonomous XC90s. It appears today is the first day that the XC90s will be operational, and a tweet from a local reporter makes it sound like Arizona Governor Doug Ducey would be one of the first to take a spin.

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It does seem that after the bitter experience with California, Uber was well received by Arizona.

According to reports, the riders will not be able to choose the self-driven Uber cars. The cars will run in the Tempe area. Uber, for its part, claims that it ~technically~ doesn't need that permit, because there are human drivers in the cars as well (in fact, the company blamed a human driver for running that light).

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