California Clears Uber to Continue and Expand Operations
Over the past several months, Uber has worked closely with the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) — the people who regulate sedan service in our home state — to educate them about our technology platform and what it is doing for riders, drivers, and California cities.
Today, we reached an agreement with the CPUC confirming that Uber is authorized in California and suspending the prior complaints and fines levied against the company. More than that, the agreement states that ride-sharing — or rides provided by drivers not specifically licensed to drive a limousine or taxi — is legal too. This paves the way for Uber to begin offering ride-sharing services in California in the near future.
This settlement agreement is part of a steady drumbeat of progress in which pro-consumer, pro-innovation jurisdictions like Washington D.C., New York City, and Massachusetts are recognizing that everyone wins when new technology that fosters efficiency, affordability, and choice in transportation is allowed to flourish.
California has always been on the cutting edge. The CPUC agreement further demonstrates how the Golden State welcomes and supports not only technological advancement, but a better future for drivers, riders, and our cities.
Today, we are excited to announce that Uber will give $5.5M to support a new robotics faculty chair as well as three fellowships at CMU. This gift is part of a partnership we announced earlier this year. In addition, we’re pumped to be part of a growing innovation ecosystem in Pittsburgh that includes world leading research institutions and companies, as well as an increasing number of start-ups.
A new report conducted in partnership with Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) reveals that when empowered with more transportation options like Uber, people are making better choices that save lives.