The following is an excerpt from Sara Ashley O'Brien | May 19, 2016 | cnn.com |
If you live in Pittsburgh, keep an eye out for a self-driving Uber.
The company confirmed that it's testing a self-driving car on Pittsburgh's streets. The car is a hybrid Ford Fusion and looks "like it should be driven by a superhero," Uber said in a blog post Thursday.
In actuality, if you spot the car on the road, you'll also see a trained driver who's monitoring the vehicle's autonomous capabilities.
The car has sensors, including radars, laser scanners and a hi-res camera, which are all collecting data for mapping purposes.
It's the first time that Uber has confirmed it is testing self-driving cars on the road. Uber declined to comment on how many of the vehicles are on Pittsburgh streets.
"Real-world testing is critical to our efforts to develop self-driving technology," the company said, touting the benefits of self-driving cars on preventing future car accidents.
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