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Last week Uber rolled out their self-driving cars in San Francisco. The same day, an Uber car was caught driving through a red light. In this instance, the driver was manually driving the self-driving car at the time it was caught running a red light. Uber requires a driver to be behind the wheel in every self-driving car.  There were no Uber passengers in the vehicle. The Department of Motor Vehicles of California did not take this lightly and openly requested all Uber self-driving cars were required to stop and may proceed after a permit was given. However, Uber declined and stated they would not need a permit for a self-driving vehicle because a human is behind the wheel at all times. This caused a social media war between Uber and California.

Now, Uber has decided to be done with California and is taking the self-driving Volvo’s to Arizona.  Ironically, an Uber Spokeswoman stated, “We’ll be expanding our self-driving pilot there in the next few weeks, and we’re excited to have the support of Governor Ducey.” This may be great for the self-driving car innovation to excel; however, these cars are still unsafe. In less than a week, there have been countless amounts of complaints from bicyclists, who say they make illegal and unsafe right turns through bike lanes, SF Chronical. Is this rollout too early? Again, how many lives do we need to risk to improve the innovation of a self-driving car. Do we even need a self-driving car?

If you or someone you know has been in a car accident with a ride-sharing company like Uber, please contact Harris Personal Injury. Our attorneys understand the new accident liability and can help plaintiffs through the filing process. The likelihood of getting in an accident with an Uber/Lyft driver is more common than you would think. Uber and Lyft are now offering rides in more than 200 U.S. cities. Harris Personal Injury Lawyers can help alleviate your stress and help you navigate through the complex process of getting the compensation you deserve.

 

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