After registration revoked in Cali, upstart looks for less regulated climes
Analysis The California Department of Motor Vehicles DMV on Wednesday revoked the registration of 16 self-driving Uber vehicles, sending a signal to the regulation-averse startup that the agency is not to be publicly defied.
Otto's reasoning is the same as Uber's – there's a human supervising operations.
Asked Thursday whether the DMV's action against Uber has altered Otto's testing regime, a DMV spokesperson didn't have an immediate reply.
The DMV's decision to revoke vehicle registrations rather than seeking an injunction in court suggests lack of confidence in its legal position.
The DMV, in a statement emailed to The Register, said California's testing regulations for autonomous vehicles attempt to balance public safety with support for innovation and noted that 20 companies are presently testing more than 130 autonomous vehicles on state roads.