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Uber will soon let you summon a self-driving car from your phone

Uber is rolling out self-driving cabs later this month.

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Uber is rolling out self-driving cabs later this month.

Everyone’s getting in the self-driving car business. There’s Tesla, Google, Ford, and now the latest company to throw their hat in the game is Uber, reports Bloomberg.

That’s right, you’ll soon be able to hail a self-driving car from Uber. What a time to be alive!

Here’s how Bloomberg breaks it down: 

Starting later this month, Uber will allow customers in downtown Pittsburgh to summon self-driving cars from their phones, crossing an important milestone that no automotive or technology company has yet achieved.

Uber’s Pittsburgh fleet, which will be supervised by humans in the driver’s seat for the time being, consists of specially modified Volvo XC90 sport-utility vehicles outfitted with dozens of sensors that use cameras, lasers, radar, and GPS receivers.

Sure, if you’re not living in Pittsburgh you probably won’t see this for a while. Even for the folks living in that city, the chances of getting one will be tough. The vehicles are chosen at random and there’s even a co-pilot in the front passenger seat to ensure nothing goes off track.

The plan is to roll out the self-driving cars this month so it will be interesting to see how this all turns out. Will this be the next chapter for Uber? Chances are, yes.


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