Life Tech No driver, no worries: Uber launches driverless cars

No driver, no worries: Uber launches driverless cars

Uber self driving
A self driving Uber car drives through Pittsburgh, US on Wednesday. Photo: AAP
Share
Tweet Share Reddit Pin Email Comment

Uber has become the first company to make self-driving cars publicly available in the United States through a test program in Pittsburgh.

The web-based ride service has launched its driverless car service to jump ahead of Detroit auto giants and Silicon Valley rivals with technology that could revolutionise transportation.

A fleet of cars laden with lasers, cameras and other sensors — but no one’s hands on the wheel — was deployed on the roads of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on Wednesday.

It’s the first time self-driving cars have been so freely available to the US public.

Four of the Ford Fusion hybrids, with their ungainly rooftop load of technology, will be deployed to a select customers, with the company showing at least a dozen more ready to put on the streets.

Companies such as Audi, Nissan and Google have invested hundreds of millions of dollars and logged millions of miles test-driving autonomous vehicles, typically in more ideal locations such as California.

Ford recently announced plans for a fully driverless car for use in ride-hailing and car-sharing programs by 2021.

Many experts predict that it will be years, if not decades, before the public is being driven around in fleets of fully driverless vehicles.

Comments
View Comments