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Uber begins testing self-driving cars in Tempe area

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Posted at 10:11 AM, Feb 22, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-22 12:11:45-05

PHOENIX (AP) - People in Tempe could find themselves in a driverless car, as Uber has begun testing its self-driving cars in Arizona.

Tempe Uber users now have the option to use a self-driving car by requesting an UberX through the app. Gov. Doug Ducey welcomed the program by taking a ride on Tuesday.
 
If a rider wants a traditional, driver-controlled Uber, they can cancel their ride and re-request.
 
All self-driving cars will have a human behind the wheel to monitor the trip.
 
Uber moved its self-driving program to Arizona after driverless cars were banned from California roads over lack of required permits.