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Uber set to test self-driving cars for passengers in Pittsburgh, with human backup

The Japan Times

SAN FRANCISCO – In a few weeks, Uber will start using self-driving cars to carry passengers in Pittsburgh, raising the stakes in an intensifying race to deploy autonomous vehicles. The ride-hailing company said Thursday that customers will be able to opt into the test program, which will use autonomous Ford Fusions summoned through the touch of a smartphone. Although other companies are testing self-driving cars on public roads, this is the first time the public can get access to them. The rides, which come with a human backup driver to handle situations that the autonomous cars haven't seen, will be free to those willing to take part, the company said. Uber, which has a self-driving research lab in Pittsburgh, has no immediate plans to deploy autonomous cars beyond the Pittsburgh experiment.


Uber to use autonomous cars to haul people in next few weeks

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Ride-hailing service Uber will start hauling passengers with self-driving cars on the streets of Pittsburgh in next several weeks. The company says the self-driving Volvo XC90 cars will have human backup drivers to begin with, but the announcement will surely ring alarm bells amongst the country's 327,000 Uber drivers and millions who drive for a living who could be out of a job. Uber's cars are outfitted with cameras, lasers and sensors to help them navigate the city's streets. Ride-hailing service Uber says it will start hauling passengers with self-driving Volvo CX90 cars on the streets of Pittsburgh in next several weeks. But the company said they will also have back-up drivers.


APNewsBreak: California to Uber: Stop self-driving car rides

Associated Press

Uber is bringing a small number of self-driving cars to its ride-hailing service in San Francisco - a move likely to both excite the city's tech-savvy population and spark a conflict with California regulators. Uber is bringing a small number of self-driving cars to its ride-hailing service in San Francisco - a move likely to both excite the city's tech-savvy population and spark a conflict with California regulators. Uber is bringing a small number of self-driving cars to its ride-hailing service in San Francisco - a move likely to both excite the city's tech-savvy population and spark a conflict with California regulators. Uber is bringing a small number of self-driving cars to its ride-hailing service in San Francisco - a move likely to both excite the city's tech-savvy population and spark a conflict with California regulators.


Uber automated cars can only drive for a mile without help

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Uber's automated cars can only drive for just less than a mile without a human having to take over the wheel, according to shocking leaked data. The cars, which are being road tested in Pennsylvania, Arizona and California, could only drive for 0.7 miles (one km) without assistance in February. And during one week, the vehicles could only drive for 50 miles (80km) before needing a'critical' human intervention to prevent them from hitting a person or causing at least £4,042 ($5,000) worth of property damage. Shocking data has revealed that Uber's self-driving Volvo SUVs, pictured here in San Francisco, can only drive for just less than a mile without a human having to take over Internal documents leaked to Recode have revealed the rocky progress of Uber's autonomous fleet. The taxi app company first announced its intention to replace some of its fleet with self-driving vehicles in August 2016.


Uber self-driving cars hit the streets of San Francisco

Associated Press

Uber is bringing a small number of self-driving cars to its ride-hailing service in San Francisco - a move likely to both excite the city's tech-savvy population and spark a conflict with California regulators. Uber is bringing a small number of self-driving cars to its ride-hailing service in San Francisco - a move likely to both excite the city's tech-savvy population and spark a conflict with California regulators. Uber is bringing a small number of self-driving cars to its ride-hailing service in San Francisco - a move likely to both excite the city's tech-savvy population and spark a conflict with California regulators. Uber is bringing a small number of self-driving cars to its ride-hailing service in San Francisco - a move likely to both excite the city's tech-savvy population and spark a conflict with California regulators.