March 3, 2017—Uber said on Thursday it plans to comply with California regulations and seek permits to put its self-driving cars back on the state's roads.
This would be an about-face following the company's legal spat with state officials in December. The ride-hailing service, which shipped its initial fleet of 16 automated Volvo XC90 SUVs out of San Francisco to Arizona just before Christmas after the DMV revoked registrations to operate them in California, is readying new vehicles for testing in the state, the company said on Thursday.
The San Jose Mercury News reported Uber’s change heart earlier. Though not yet permitted for testing, new cars have been “legally registered and are being driven manually,” Uber told Forbes in an emailed statement. “We are taking steps to complete our application to apply for a DMV testing permit.”