Less than 24 hours after Uber announced plans to shut down their autonomous vehicle pilot in San Francisco, the rideshare company packed up their toys and took off for wider, more open roads—Arizona, specifically.
An Uber spokesperson explained, “Our cars departed for Arizona this morning by truck. We’ll be expanding our self-driving pilot there in the next few weeks, and we’re excited to have the support of Governor Ducey.”
Best of all, said spokesperson ended with this shady tidbit: “You can find photos of today's departure here.”
We found them, and they are glorious. Naturally, the cars didn’t drive themselves away from the Harrison Street warehouse. They had to be carried by trucks.
Petty? You be the judge.
Also of note, Arizona’s thirsty governor Doug Ducey tweeted out the following, which, in part, urged his followers to “#ditchcalifornia.”
Here in #AZ we WELCOME this kind of technology & innovation! #ditchcalifornia #AZmeansBIZ https://t.co/HDwJSUxqzF— Doug Ducey (@dougducey) December 22, 2016
The noted San Francisco-based start-up company came under fire after reports emerged of driverless cars bolting through red lights. After state regulators tried to revoke Uber’s registrations, they called it quits. An unnamed city in Arizona (perhaps Phoenix, the state capital) will join Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania as the two cities playing host to the program.