Uber has made public the first official photo of its self-driving car today, the taxi dispatch company has been testing the car on the streets of Pittsburgh. Although the car drives itself, it is expected for a trained driver to be behind the wheels at all times so as to monitor its operations, following these tests the car will also assist the company to collect mapping data of its environment.
We’re excited that Uber has chosen the Steel City as they explore new technologies that can improve people’s lives through increased road safety, less congestion, and more efficient and smarter cities
To ensure it’s self driving car performs well, real-world testing is essential, Uber’s Advanced Technologies Center (ATC) has equipped the car with several sensors, laser scanner, high-resolution cameras and more to make it safe for use. Uber says it’s focus is to ensure that it’s self-driving cars are safe for everybody on the road, including cyclists and pedestrians, that’s why it will continue testing the vehicle around Pittsburg in the coming weeks.
“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.”
Uber has been working on self-driving cars for a while now but kept silent about it, this is a new development for the company. Uber made just the technology that enables the car to drive on its own, the car itself is a hybrid Ford Fusion that features the equipment’s necessary for autonomous driving. According to Uber, the development of its self-driving technology will mean “less congestion, more affordable and accessible transportation, and far fewer lives lost in car accidents.”
Uber an American multinational online taxi dispatch company headquartered in San Francisco, California, was founded by Travis Kalanick and Garrett Camp in 2009. Its Uber mobile app allows consumers with smartphones to submit a trip request which is then routed to Uber drivers who use their own cars. In 2014 Uber was ranked by Klout as the 48th-most powerful company in America. By late-2015, Uber was estimated to be worth $62.5 billion.