California requires autonomous car users to pay the fee to be allowed to use the cars on public roads.
However, autonomous Uber cars aren't exactly fully self-driven. They require someone to sit on the will and directly it when need.
Uber reason that they are not really an autonomous car so they should not be treated as one. "You don't need to wear a belt and suspenders and whatever else, things that don't apply, if you're wearing a dress," Levandowski said. "If you're driving a car, you don't need a fish and game permit."
Soon after Uber opened the self-driving cars to the public, they quickly got a letter to cease until they got the permit.
Lewandoski argued that the DMV did not ask Tesla to get a permit for their autopilot system, so why would they. He says that he has emailed the DMV asking them this and has not received a response.
"At the end of the day, the only thing that actually matters is what's in regulation and legislation," he said. "The law clearly defines what an autonomous vehicle is, and it's a binary thing: you're either it, or you're not it. There's no sliding scale."
Reports suggest the Uber are avoiding the license as they would be required by the law to produce a list of accidence that occurred using their system. This claim emerged after one of the Uber was spotted driving through a red light.
However, Lewandoski has refuted these claims and said he only wants the law followed.