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Uber to use autonomous cars to haul people in next few weeks

Volvo Uber Join Hands To Develop Self Driving Vehicles Volvo Uber Join Hands To Develop Self Driving Vehicles Volvo Uber Join Hands To Develop Self Driving Vehicles
Roland Mccarthy | 19 August, 2016, 00:14

Starting at the end of this month in Pittsburgh, Uber will come closer to that goal than anyone has before with a fleet of autonomous Volvo XC90 SUVs, all summoned by phone to take passengers where they want to go.

Customers in the city's downtown will be randomly matched with one of the company's self-driving cars, a modified Volvo sport utility vehicle when they hail a ride through Uber's mobile application.

"Over one million people die in vehicle accidents every year", said Uber CEO Travis Kalanick in a statement.

The Uber-Volvo agreement entails a $300 million program to develop self-driving vehicles by 2021.

Now, Bloomberg Businessweek is reporting that a soft launch of the auto will occur in Pittsburgh with the autonomous vehicles supervised by a driver.

Volvo plans to use the same technology to sell cars but with the idea of a human driver in the front seat. Volvo will develop base vehicles for research and both companies will design autonomous vehicles on their own. Each vehicle is also equipped with a tablet computer in the back seat, created to tell riders that they're in an autonomous auto and to explain what's happening.

The company's primary USA competitor, Lyft, received a $500 million investment from GM earlier this year. The cars will be sent out at random, so you can't specifically request self-driving cars for the free ride, you mooch.

Anthony Levandowski, Otto's co-founder, will lead the company's venture into self-driving technology, reports Uber CEO and co-founder Travis Kalanick. The company just purchased Otto, a startup that's making a self-driving system for freight trucks.

Investing in cab-hailing services can be a way for automakers to sell more cars. One earlier effort, a self-driving motorcycle named Ghostrider, is now in the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History. Google has been a frontrunner in this regard, but a number of other companies are working on such vehicles, from Chinese companies, all the way to Ford, for example.

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