Uber Set To Remove Drivers, Self-Driving Car Starts Testing

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Uber has unveiled its first ever official photos of its self-driving car, driving around the streets of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in the United States. 

The hybrid Ford Fusion has kitted up by Uber's Advanced Technologies Center (ATC) in Pittsburgh. The car features a variety of sensors including radars, laser scanners, and high resolution cameras to help it map out the details of the environment it will driving around in.

The Uber self-driving car is currently collecting mapping data while testing out its self-driving capabilities in the wild. To ensure the safety of the rest of the motorists on the road, a trained driver sits on the driver's seat, ready to take over if there is any emergency.

In a blog post Uber said, "While Uber is still in the early days of our self-driving efforts, every day of testing leads to improvements. Right now we're focused on getting the technology right and ensuring it's safe for everyone on the road - pedestrians, cyclists and other drivers."

Self-driving cars will also help Uber cut down its biggest expense as well, paying the around 160,000 drivers that drive Uber branded taxis across the world.


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Story first published: Friday, May 20, 2016, 15:47 [IST]
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