According to representatives from the California Department of Motor Vehicles, Uber has elected to not renew its autonomous vehicle testing permit after the state indicated it would need sufficient explanation of the faults behind the first recorded traffic death involving a self-driving car in Arizona last week.
The state of California requires each entity testing self-driving vehicles on public roads to secure a permit through the DMV and submit what is called a disengagement report in which a company outlines all of the instances in which a human safety driver had to step in and take control of an autonomous vehicle.
Up to this point, Uber had not been required to submit such a report, though a report by the New York Times found that Uber was having difficulty meeting its goal of one driver disengagement per 13 miles traveled. By comparison, is getting 0.18 disengagements per 1000 miles traveled.
In the wake of the fatal collision with Elaine Herzberg on March 19, Uber had suspended testing of its self-driving cars in San Francisco, Toronto, Tempe and Pittsburgh before Arizona governor Doug Ducey called for the cessation of all AV testing. The decision to not renew its California permit is a huge blow to Uber's continued development of self-driving cars, post-Waymo lawsuit.