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Arizona Gov. Ducey Welcomes Uber's Self-Driving Pilot

A fleet of self-driving Uber cars is headed to Arizona after California told the company it needed a special permit to operate its self-driving cars. That’s not the case in Arizona.  

Gov. Doug Ducey sent several Tweets Thursday touting Arizona as an alternative to California for the ride-hailing company to test out its self-driving cars.

“Arizona welcomes Uber self-driving cars with open arms and wide open roads,” Ducey Tweeted.

Unlike California, there are no laws in Arizona to prohibit manufacturers from testing driverless cars or even selling them to consumers. Despite that, Governor Ducey said "Arizona's going to be a place that's open to this type of innovation. We want to make sure that our citizens are safe. But we also want to provide a place that allows companies to test. And that's what they're doing here."

While he appears confident about the program, and even rode in one of the vehicles, Ducey acknowledged the task force he formed has yet to complete its work or come up with rules for the road.