Uber this week halted its self-driving car program in San Francisco. (Courtesy Uber)

Uber sending its self-driving vehicles to Arizona

Only a day after the California DMV put a kibosh on Uber’s scofflaw self-driving cars in San Francisco, Uber is pulling its program out of the state all together.

Uber’s self-driving cars are headed to Arizona, and are going, going, gone.

SEE RELATED: Uber halts self-driving car pilot in SF

“Our cars departed for Arizona [Thursday] morning by truck,” an Uber spokesperson wrote in an email Thursday afternoon. “We’ll be expanding our self-driving pilot there in the next few weeks, and we’re excited to have the support of Governor [Doug] Ducey.”

Supervisor Aaron Peskin, who asked The City’s transportation agencies to pen an open letter to Uber, Lyft and other private transportation companies to take more care to street safety, was candid in his dislike of Uber’s recent actions.

“San Francisco generally sends all the things it doesn’t want to Arizona; we’ll see if the people of Phoenix want to be experimented on by Uber,” he said.

And, noting the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition’s analysis of Uber’s self-driving cars and their apparent tendency to cut off bicycle lanes, Peskin added, “I’ve been to Phoenix, and I think those right hook turns are less likely to wipe out bicycles and pedestrians in Phoenix than in San Francisco.”

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