Uber starts testing self-driving car technology

By , May 20, 2016

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Uber announced yesterday that it began testing a self-driving car technology of its own, with the ultimate goal of potentially replacing drivers with computers for its ride-hailing service in a not-so-distant future.

The company’s Advanced Technologies Center (ATC) is now field-testing this tech on the streets of Pittsburgh, using a hybrid Ford Fusion that contains some additional hardware in the form of high resolution cameras, radar and laser scanners for mapping details of the environment and situational awareness.

A trained driver will be monitoring operations as the car collects mapping data as well as tests its self-driving capabilities.

Everyone in Silicon Valley and their brother is testing some form of self-driving technology, including Google, Tesla and potentially even Apple. A number of Chinese companies are toying with self-driving cars, too.

With a whopping 1.3 million people dying every year in car accidents, 94 percent of which involve human error, self-driving technology has the potential to save a lot of lives.

“In the future we believe this technology will mean less congestion, more affordable and accessible transportation, and far fewer lives lost in car accidents,” said Uber.

All I can say is I can’t wait for the day to come when I could hail a self-driving Uber.

Source: Uber

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  • Mark S

    I forsee a rash of 10-40 vehicles…

  • Jon20

    Well I guess this explains the “Track your family” Uber app feature they are rolling out. Just in case the car decides to go “Off-Roading”. Lol

  • Bill

    They must really be raping their drivers to be able to afford all of that stuff. Unless some really rich people are just throwing money at them for being uber cool or something. But probably not…probably just shitting on their drivers, because that’s how the transportation biz does.

    • Jerry

      People are seriously stupid. Uber prices are INSANELY in comparison to regular yellow cabs here in NYC. Just because people are too lazy to walk out and raise their arm to wave a cab. Instead they’ll rather pay a insane prices to let the cab do the work. A uber from my job to my house ran me 103$ yellow cab came out the 39$ the very next day.

      • mrgerbik

        oh wow – haven’t actually tried an uber call yet. good to know

      • Jerry

        the experience is a gimmick only if you wana be trendy and pay for double over priced service then do uber. It’s like when you go to those expensive restaurants which in the end you ask yourself. Was it worth it? when all you really wanted was a good old meal or drive home without burning your pockets