Uber experiences technical and legal hurdles in California

Uber's exploits in autonomous vehicles have been popularly covered throughout the year. Uber's self-driven taxi service in downtown Pittsburgh was celebrated throughout the country as a step into the future. Since then, Uber introduced the technology into other states, including California. But, in California, Uber self-driven taxis are running into some issues.

First, Uber's cars are experiencing technical problems navigation San Francisco streets. Several bystanders have captured video of self-driven Uber cars committing numerous traffic violations, including running red lights. Furthermore, Uber cars appear to be stumped by bike lanes. Numerous states requires cars to merge into bike lanes before executing right turns safely. Unfortunately, Uber cars seem to cut directly into bike lanes in a "right hook" turn.

The danger of right hook turns is that the car might catch or hit cyclists in bike lanes. Merging allows cars and cyclists to adapt to one another. Uber argues that the human operators can take control of the car to prevent accidents. But, many people are taking these arguments with a grain of salt because Uber cars are still committing these traffic violations. Furthermore, it 's hard to maintain the attention require from driving without actually driving.

Second, Uber is dealing with California regulators. California, like most states, requires autonomous car operators to register their vehicles and apply for permits. Uber, thus far, refuses to follow the process. California regulators have threatened to legal action to compel Uber's compliance.

If you were injured in a car crash, you may want to contact a lawyer; you could have a valid claim for personal injury and compensation. Companies are constantly bringing new technologies to market, and sometimes those products result in injuries to people. A lawyer can help you sort through the various legal hurdles that work to prevent you from getting your fair compensation.

Source: The Guardian, "Uber admits to self-driving car 'problem' in bike lanes as safety concerns mount," Sam Levin, December 19, 2016

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