Uber fights self-driving law developed precisely for its situation

California’s regulations for self-driving cars were specifically developed for the type of cars Uber Technologies Inc. is sending around San Francisco. Yet the way the law is written could allow Uber to continue testing the cars without following the rules.

Uber launched its self-driving pilot in San Francisco last week, and the California Department of Motor Vehicles quickly ordered the company to stop using the cars until it obtained a permit, under regulations established for companies looking to test self-driving cars. Autonomous vehicles need many miles of driving for the technology to learn and adapt to surroundings so that it can eventually take over the role of driving.

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