The modern means of transport has undergone a massive change with improvements in technology. Self-driven cars are the trend of modern means of transport today. Uber is one of the leading transportation network company relied on the internet. For a year now Uber has been striving to make self-driven cars a reality. And now after a year of test drives on the streets of Pittsburgh Uber has officially released the first picture of the self-driven car they have designed.
The car, a hybrid Ford Fusion, is collecting mapping data as well as testing its self-driving capabilities. Uber in a blog post has mentioned that it is equipped with “radars, laser scanners, and high-resolution cameras to map details of the environment,”. As the car performs all these activities there is a presence of driver to ensure safety.
“While Uber is still in the early days of our self-driving efforts, every day of testing leads to improvements,” the company says. “Right now we’re focused on getting the technology right and ensuring it’s safe for everyone on the road — pedestrians, cyclists, and other drivers.”
The reporter, Aaron Aupperlee, from Pittsburgh’s Tribune-Review, was given a chance to take a ride in the car. Aaron while explaining her experience on taking a ride first time ever in a self-driven car mentioned about the car’s ability to perform driving activities all by itself. Aaron further mentioned that the car was able to detect the parked cars, bikers, walkers and also a goose.
Pittsburgh is where the ride-hailing giant has set up its Advanced Technologies Center, where a team of robotics experts Uber poached from places like Google and Carnegie Mellon University are working on the autonomous driving technology. John Bares, head of the ATC, told the Tribune-Review that Pittsburgh diverse environment has made it a better for testing.