Uber Approved to Test Self-Driving Cars


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SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- Uber is now approved to test self-driving cars on the streets of California.

The rideshare company announced last month that it received approval from California regulators to conduct autonomous vehicle tests in San Francisco. The tests will not be conducted in cars that are in service picking up passengers.Over 60 companies have gotten the DMV's approval to test driverless cars.

Uber is also preparing to bring driverless ride-share services to Dallas and Los Angeles.The company says two of its autonomous SUVs started mapping downtown Dallas last year, in anticipation of bringing self-driving cars to the city.Cars have been mapping in Los Angeles.

An Uber spokesman says several months of mapping will be needed before an autonomous service is started in the city.Dallas will be the fourth market where Uber will offer self-driving technology.Uber's autonomous cars are already on the streets of San Francisco, Pittsburgh, and Toronto.

The technology is not without its share of concerns, however. Last year, a self-driving Uber hit and killed a woman in Arizona after it failed to stop because she wasn't in a crosswalk.

The woman was killed by a self-driving Uber car that was being tested in Tempe.The National Transportation Safety Board released a statement saying the Uber system design did not include a consideration for jaywalking pedestrians.

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