Uber picks up first passengers in autonomous trials

September 20, 2016

Uber's self-driving cars started picking up their first passengers in Pittsburgh yesterday (Monday) as the firm pushes ahead with development of autonomous vehicle technology. The cars, which for safety and legal reasons will have a human ‘supervisor’ behind the wheel, will offer free rides in the city during the trial. Customers will request cars the normal way via Uber’s app and will be paired with a driverless car at random. Passengers report that the driver typically has to intervene for out of the ordinary situations, such as double-parked vehicles, pedestrians crossing at random and bridges. The race to master autonomous driving has attracted manufacturers, software companies and technology giants such as Google. Recently Ford predicted it would have self-driving vehicles for ride-sharing services by 2021, with the technology appearing in private cars by 2025.




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