California Threatens to Bring Uber Before Judge

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California prosecutors are threatening to haul Uber before a judge if the ride-hailing company doesn’t immediately stop picking up San Francisco passengers in self-driving cars.

Attorneys with the state’s Department of Justice made the threat in a letter Friday afternoon, a few hours after Uber promised to continue the pilot program it launched Wednesday.

Since then, a handful of Volvo SUVs tricked out with a suite of sensors that let the cars steer, brake and accelerate have been plying the streets.

Uber’s Anthony Levandowski told reporters earlier Friday that he disagrees with the state’s demand that Uber must get a special testing permit because the cars aren’t subject to California’s self-driving regulations.

Levandowski says Uber doesn’t need a permit because a backup driver is behind the wheel monitoring the car.