Self-driving Ubers hit Valley roads; Governor takes first spin

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PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -

Don’t be surprised if the next time you ride in an Uber, you find yourself sitting in a driverless car.

Uber has announced an expansion of its self-driving Uber pilot program to Arizona. 

Ubers in Tempe will be testing this new method of road traveling.

Uber users have the option to request an UberX self-driving car through the app.

However, if a rider wants a traditional driver, users can cancel their ride and re-request another one. All self-driving vehicles will still have a person supervising the drive.

Governor Doug Ducey welcomed the program to the state by taking a spin in one of these cars.

“Uber has chosen Arizona because we are open for business. Because we said we welcome this type of testing, we embrace this technology,” said Ducey.

Ducey said that while in the car, there were no problems with sharing the road with pedestrians, motorcycles or stop lights. 

“They seem to be getting better with each run,” said Ducey.

Uber had previously operated its self-driving cars in California before they were banned due to lack of permits required.

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