Uber is going public with its first self-driving vehicle, a hybrid Ford Fusion.
Sure, it’s been spotted in Pittsburgh before (you can’t really miss it), but this is the first time Uber is talking about its prototype plans with an official blog post and picture.
The ride-sharing company says it’s “still in the early days” of testing. The car will be collecting mapping data and testing autonomous driving capabilities. Of course, Uber says a trained driver will always be at the wheel, as per law.
We have to say the self-driving car is a little more dramatic than other autonomous test vehicles. The sensors, radars, laser scanners and high-res cameras on top get your attention.
“Self-driving cars have the potential to save millions of lives and improve quality of life for people around the world. 1.3 million people die every year in car accidents — 94% of those accidents involve human error, ” said Uber in a blog post. “In the future we believe this technology will mean less congestion, more affordable and accessible transportation, and far fewer lives lost in car accidents. These goals are at the heart of Uber’s mission to make transportation as reliable as running water — everywhere and for everyone.”
The car is being developed at Uber’s new Advanced Technologies Center in Pittsburgh.
Uber is also one member of a newly formed Self-Driving Coalition for Safer Streets. Ford, Volvo, Google and Lyft are also part of the effort which is designed to pressure federal lawmakers to get moving on autonomous driving legislation.
Photo Credit: Uber