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Uber gets California nod to restart self-driving test

BENGALURU: Uber Technologies has been allowed to restart testing its self-driving vehicles with a backup driver in California, almost two years after its autonomous car killed a pedestrian in Arizona.

The California Department of Motor Vehicles issued a permit on Wednesday to the company’s self-driving unit, Uber Advanced Technologies.

The company said it does not have immediate plans to engage in autonomous driving in the state, adding it would notify regulatory stakeholders before doing so.

A Brazilian higher court for labour ruled on Wednesday that there was no employment relationship between Uber and its drivers, siding with the ride-hailing company against a Sao Paulo driver.

The federal judge in Brasilia ruled against recognising an employer-employee link, arguing that Uber drivers can disconnect at any time from the app and have a flexible work schedule. Until today, lower courts had decided on labour issues involving Uber, but now a federal court has ruled and its decision.


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