Self-driving cars are no longer a thing of the future and over the past few years we have already seen Google and Tesla put vehicles on the road that can pretty much operate without a human being in the driver’s seat. And now on-demand transport compnay Uber is getting in on the act and announced that it has self-driving Uber vehicles already operating on the road in the US.
The self-driving Uber cars are available in Pittsburgh and were developed by the Advanced Technologies Center. They still need a driver present in the vehicle to make sure everything goes safely and for legal reasons, but users in Pittsburgh can now request a self-driving Uber.
And what about Uber drivers worried they may be replaced by self-driving cars? Well they will still be required since
“It’s still very early: Self-Driving Ubers have a safety driver in the front seat because they require human intervention in many conditions, including bad weather. Even when these technology issues get fixed, we believe ridesharing will be a mix—with services provided by both drivers and Self-Driving Ubers.”
“Technology also creates new work opportunities while disrupting existing ones. Many predicted that the ATM would spell doom for bank tellers. In fact, ATMs cut the cost of running a local bank so more branches opened, employing more people. Self-Driving Ubers will be on the road 24 hours a day, which means they will need a lot more human maintenance than cars today.” [UBER]