UBER SET TO LAUNCH SELF-DRIVING CARS THIS MONTH

August 18, 2016 The Unbiased Writer

uber-volvo-self-driving San Fransisco based ride-sharing giant Uber has announced they have been making rapid strides on its plan to replace its one million-plus drivers with computers. In an interview with Bloomberg, CEO Travis Kalanick revealed the company is preparing to add self-driving cars to its fleet of active drivers in Pittsburgh this month. According to reports, the company will deploy around 100 modified Volvo XC90s outfitted with self-driving equipment. Starting this month, regular Uber riders in Pittsburgh have a chance of getting an autonomous vehicle for their ride — a free trip if so. Each vehicle will be staffed by one engineer, who can take the wheel when needed, and a co-pilot to observe and take notes. Uber will outfit cars with autonomous driving kits rather than develop its own vehicles like Google. To do that, Uber snatched up Otto, a revolutionary startup that launched this year to bring self-driving technology to trucks. Otto’s technology can be fitted to existing vehicles and uses a laser detection system to power autonomous vehicles. As of now, only time will tell how everything will play out but expect to see the first glimpse soon. Stay tuned for more!

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