If you’re looking forward to the day when an Uber whisks you across town without anyone behind the wheel, then good news: the ride-sharing company has shown off its first autonomous vehicle. The car — a Ford Fusion Hybrid — has been shown taking to the streets of Pittsburgh. It’s equipped with sensors, radars, laser scanners and high-resolution cameras, and is designed to gather mapping data as well as test its self-driving capabilities, Uber writes on its blog.
“When it’s in self-driving mode, a trained driver will be in the driver’s seat monitoring operations,” the company explains. “Real-world testing is critical to our efforts to develop self-driving technology. We believe this technology will mean less congestion, more affordable and accessible transportation, and far fewer lives lost in car accidents.” READ MORE