Uber said on Thursday it plans to comply with California regulations and seek permits to put its self-driving cars back on the state's roads, an about-face following the company's legal spat with state officials in December.
Two of Uber's autonomous cars are already wheeling around San Francisco, but they are being driven manually while the company is "taking steps to complete our application to apply for a DMV testing permit," an Uber spokeswoman said.
The California's Department of Motor Vehicles confirmed it has held discussions with Uber to assist the company in applying for the self-driving testing permit. Uber has not formally submitted the application, DMV spokeswoman Jessica Gonzalez said.
Acquiring the proper permit would allow Uber to restart its self-driving pilot in San Francisco, which was shuttered after just a week late last year.
The state DMV requires that any company testing autonomous vehicles on public roads receive a permit. At least 23 other companies exploring self-driving cars, including Alphabet's Google, Tesla Motors and Ford Motor Co, have obtained California DMV permits.