News about Uber being forced to stop their autonomous car test in California came as quite a shock…to Uber, their test drivers, and anyone trying to get across town.

From what I’ve seen so far, there is no reason to believe the DMV in California has any ulterior motives. Uber did not acquire the necessary permits for self-driving cars, and neither did their partner Volvo. The XC90 high-tech SUVs in the test, plastered with Uber decals, can drive on their own, but someone sits behind the wheel. And, there’s a passenger to take notes.

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