Uber expands its self-driving program to Tempe, Arizona

Uber expands its self-driving program to Tempe, Arizona

Uber Technologies Inc.’s self-driving cars have finally become operational in Tempe, Arizona, allowing the Grand Canyon State residents to test the ride-hailing company’s automated technology. The ride-hailing company has confirmed that Tempe has become the second city where people can test the company’s self-driving Volvo XC90 cars. Anyone who requests an UberX in the city will be provided with an autonomous car, if one is available. Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey, a well-known proponent of autonomous technology, took the inaugural ride. Ducey wooed Uber to the Grand Canyon State after California motor vehicle regulators banned its autonomous cars from San Francisco’s streets. Uber’s self-driving program is operational in Pittsburgh. In December 2016, the company introduced its self-driving Volvo XC90 cars in California. However, the company was reprimanded by the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) for ignoring the department’s requirement for a $150 permit & accident disclosures. Uber expanded its self-driving program amid growing criticism on various fronts, including sexual harassment allegations from a former employee and a temporary taxi strike in response to President Donald Trump’s controversial immigration ban.

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