You can catch an Uber with no driver now in Pittsburgh.
Autonomous driving makes fast progress at Uber. The company announced today to launch self-driving Uber cars. A year and a half ago, Uber's Advanced Technologies Center (ATC) in Pittsburgh began developing an autonomous car solution. No the self-driving Ubers are now on the roads in the Pittsburgh and you can catch a ride in a self-driving Uber.
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It is impressive how far Uber has come in that short amount of time. Yesterday George Hotz delivered an enthusiastic presentation of his $999 Comma.ai self-driving car solution at the Disrupt SF. The device is supposed to ship by the end of the year. Hotz said that the capabilities are similar to the Tesla Autopilot. You would think that only car makers can make self-driving cars. Uber and Comma.ai proof otherwise.
Uber is inviting its most loyal Pittsburgh customers to experience the self-driving cars first. If a Self-Driving Uber is available, Uber sends it along with a safety driver up front. Otherwise it’s uberX as usual.
Uber believes Self-driving Ubers have enormous potential to further our mission and improve society: reducing the number of traffic accidents, which today kill 1.3 million people a year; freeing up the 20 percent of space in cities currently used to park the world’s billion plus cars; and cutting congestion, which wastes trillions of hours every year.
Self-Driving Ubers have a safety driver in the front seat because they require human intervention in many conditions, including bad weather.