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State regulators in California have ordered Uber to "cease the operations" of its autonomous cars until it receives state permission. The company is currently running a pilot scheme in San Francisco and Pittsburgh.

On the day it rolled out its self-driving car fleet in its hometown of San Francisco, ride-hailing company Uber was threatened will legal action from the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV).
"If Uber does not confirm immediately that it will stop its launch and seek a testing permit, DMV will initiate legal action," the DMV said in a letter on Wednesday.

Uber responded, however, saying they knew about the permit, but argued that its cars do not meet the state's definition of an "autonomous vehicle" because they require a person behind the wheel to monitor and intervene if necessary.

California defines autonomous vehicles as cars that have the "capability" to drive "without the active physical control or monitoring of a natural person."
The DMV has so far  issued permits to 20 companies for tests of autonomous vehicles on public roads, mostly a collection of traditional automakers and tech companies - but not Uber.



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