Autonomous vehicle manufacturer Uber, the biggest US driverless carmaker, said on Thursday that it had lost a key trade association with the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO).
The Automotive Policy Council (APHC) is the group Uber is a member of and has a stake in.
The group has been a strong voice for state and local governments and local automakers, but it has also pushed back on autonomous vehicles.
Uber was the biggest vehicle maker to join the group in November, but a recent lawsuit against the organization by Uber and the National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) challenged its membership and membership in the APHC.
In a letter to the APHSO, Uber said it would have lost its membership in 2018 and 2019.
The organization did not respond to Ars’ request for comment.
“The decision to discontinue APHC membership in 2019 was due to an unprecedented level of public opposition to the organization’s policies, and Uber did not meet the requirements of the new membership guidelines,” Uber said.
The group was founded in 1881, but Uber has been part of the auto industry for decades.
The company has more than 70,000 employees and makes about $2 billion in annual revenue.