The California DMV has revoked the registration of Uber’s 16 autonomous vehicles Wednesday, forcing the company to shut down its self-driving pilot program in San Francisco.
“It was determined that the registrations were improperly issued for these vehicles because they were not properly marked as test vehicles,” the DMV wrote in a letter to Uber on Wednesday.
The DMV’s revocation of the vehicle registrations on Wednesday gives the California regulators the upper hand and settles the argument between the two in favor of the state. Now Uber will have to submit to the state’s self-driving vehicle regulations or find a different place to test them not in California.
“We have stopped our self-driving pilot in California as the DMV has revoked the registrations for our self-driving cars. We’re now looking at where we can redeploy these cars but remain 100 percent committed to California and will be redoubling our efforts to develop workable statewide rules,” Uber said in a statement.