Finally Uber’s Self-driving Cars are on the Roads. Many people have started seeing self-driving Uber cars in downtown San Francisco. Increasing speculation the ridesharing company could soon be using self-directed vehicles for marketable use right where it all started in the Bay Area.
Finally Uber’s Self-driving Cars are on the Roads
Mattermark editor in chief Alex Wilhelm, took a picture of a white Ford Fusion stopped at the crossing of Montgomery and Pacific. As first stated by Business Insider, Mercury Public Affairs senior vice president Drew Olanoff also caught a black self-driving car.
Many other startup workers have also been revealing the sightings in the downtown area on social media as well, igniting doubts this isn’t a unique test.
These self-driving car witnessed in downtown SF seem to be the same as those used in Uber’s self-driving pilot program in Pittsburgh. Lately, Uber deployed a convoy of 14 Ford Fusions prepared with radar, cameras and other sensing equipment. They were developed by researchers from Carnegie Mellon University’s robotics center.
Pittsburgh Uber consumers are now able to opt in to welcoming one of these 14 self-directed vehicles in town. However an Uber spokesperson revealed that it’s not the case with the self-driving cars spotting in SF.
“A handful of cars equipped with advanced driver safety and self-driving technology are now being tested in the Bay Area. These are for internal research use only. They will have a test driver upfront and will not be part of our ridesharing service. Testing in different environments is critical to the future success of this technology, which will help dramatically improve road safety.”
So let’s see what else we get to hear from Uber in the near future.