Here's our first official look at Uber's self-driving car
This means people on the bridges and streets around Pittsburgh will likely spot a few unique-looking Ford Fusions driving around the coming weeks. The defining feature of Uber's self-driving cars is that they have a battery of sensors installed on their roofs.
They'll also be clearly marked "Uber" and there will be a person in the driver's seat.
The car, a hybrid Ford Fusion, will be collecting mapping data as well as testing its self-driving capabilities. When it's in self-driving mode, a trained driver will be in the driver's seat monitoring operations. The Uber ATC car comes outfitted with a variety of sensors including radars, laser scanners, and high resolution cameras to map details of the environment.
Uber goes on to say that the company is still "in the early days" of their self-driving effort, but it's been signaling a big investment into self-driving technology for a while.
"Are we going to be part of the future?" Uber CEO Travis Kalanick said last October. "Or are we going to resist the future, like that taxi industry before us?
Uber's blog post says that it "chose the Steel City as the home of our Advanced Technologies Center because of its world-class engineering talent and research facilities." Another reason its self-driving program is based in Pittsburgh is because it has poached 40 robotics researchers from Carnegie Mellon University, based in Pittsburgh. Uber opened its Pittsburgh lab 15 months ago.
Uber took a Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reporter for a ride in its self-driving car. You can read about that experience here.
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