(VENTURE BEAT) In May 2018, Uber announced it wouldn’t renew its permit to test self-driving vehicles in California, citing caution in the wake of a fatal accident involving one of its autonomous cars in Arizona. (The California Department of Motor Vehicles requires that companies apply to test autonomous cars in the state.) But in a bid to close the gap with rivals including GM’s Cruise Automation and Alphabet’s Waymo, Uber recently reapplied for a permit, which was granted early this morning.
Uber announced that it’s been added to the list of approved testers through the California Department of Motor Vehicles. The company cautions that it doesn’t have immediate plans to engage in autonomous driving, although it’s eyeing San Francisco as a potential site. Instead, it’ll kick off driving with trained drivers behind the wheel and notify local, state, and federal stakeholders prior to launching driverless tests.