Uber's self-driving cars will keep ferrying passengers around San Francisco, the ride-hailing company said Friday, despite California regulators threatening legal action if the service is not suspended.
Uber began the pilot project Wednesday with a few Volvo SUVs that are tricked out with a suite of sensors allowing them to steer, brake and accelerate. A person sits behind the wheel, just in case.
The California Department of Motor Vehicles condemned the launch, demanding the company pull the cars unless the state grants a special permit.
San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee sided with regulators. But showing the level of interest in the technology, the mayor of Beverly Hills on Friday voiced his support for Uber testing without the state permit.