- Uber has began testing their self-driving cars in Pittsburgh
- The Pittsburgh Uber fleet now has Volvo XC90 crossovers with special sensors and equipment that allow the vehicle to autonomously drive to the required destination
- Despite the cars being capable of travelling without a human, a human driver must be behind the steering wheel at all times
Although experts believe a truly autonomous car is still decades away, but Uber challenges that notion by putting these self-driving taxis on the streets of Pittsburgh.
Self-driving Ubers have begun appearing across Pittsburgh. Just earlier this month Uber announced the launch of a fleet of autonomous cars in the city. Although the cars are capable of driving themselves a human driver must be present at all times.
The Pittsburgh Uber fleet now has an addition of specially modified Volvo XC90 crossover vehicles. Uber and Volvo have signed a $300 million dollar pact to develop a fully autonomous car by the year 2021.
The Volvo deal isn’t exclusive, though! Uber is planning to make deals with other automakers.
It was a shock to many in the industry when Uber decided to go forward with the plan so early. The company believes that by eliminating the human error element, which is the number one cause of accidents, they will be able to provide their clients with a far safer ride. Although the creators of self-driving cars promise improved safety in the future, today the technology is under close scrutiny.
They hope that by beginning tests in a highly populated urban area they will be able to collect data and address problems for the development of their self-driving technology.