A revolutionary step was taken by Uber on Wednesday by inaugurating it’s driverless car service, bolting past Silicon Valley rivals and Detroit Automotive titans.
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In an ambitious experiment, a fleet of cars laden with lasers, cameras and other sensors—but with no one’s hands on the wheel—were deployed by the web-based ride service on the challenging roads of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, steering themselves to pick up regular Uber passengers used to being fetched by cars driven by humans.
Four of the Ford Fusion hybrids with their ungainly rooftop load of technology were deployed to select customers on Wednesday, with the company showing at least a dozen more ready to put on the streets.
And Uber is well-advanced in developing a self-drive car with Sweden’s Volvo, expected to become the mainstay of the program in the near future
The cars and their backing technology have been trained on the city’s complicated road grid for less than two years.
But demonstration rides ahead of the launch showed them very able to handle most situations—as able as many drivers.
Still, just to be sure, the Pittsburgh Uber regulars who summon a driverless car will also get two company technicians with them to make sure everything goes right.