Uber Launching Self Driving Cars in San Francisco

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Uber announced they are going to be launching self-driving cars in San Francisco starting today, meaning if you request an UberX car from the app, you may be surprised to find you won’t actually have a driver in it. I’ve never rode in a self-driven car before, so am interested to know how it works exactly with Uber. Do you sit in the passenger seat, or take over the driver seat?

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Per Uber,

Starting today, riders who request an uberX in San Francisco will be matched with a Self-Driving Uber if one is available. Expanding our self-driving pilot allows us to continue to improve our technology through real-world operations. With its challenging roads and often varied weather, Pittsburgh provided a wide array of experiences. San Francisco comes with its own nuances including more bikes on the road, high traffic density and narrow lanes.

The promise of self-driving is core to our mission of reliable transportation, everywhere for everyone. As demand for ridesharing continues to skyrocket, the future of transportation will be a mix of human drivers and self-driving cars. 

We know that when people can get an affordable, reliable ride across town, things change for the better. Cities become safer, cleaner, more efficient and more affordable. Ridesharing also helps cut into automobile-related deaths and drunk driving. It complements public transit, getting people to places that aren’t well served by other forms of transportation. And by getting more people into fewer cars, we can reduce congestion and pollution in our cities over time.

Bottom Line

Will self-driving Ubers replace the need for actual Uber drivers? Have you had a chance to a take a ride in one of Uber’s self driving cards, feel free to share below your thoughts!

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  1. Self driving cars do still have a driver in them – at least for now. The driver is there as a safety backup. There aren’t empty robot cars driving around.. yet.

  2. Will NY get rid of the ‘one hand on the wheel’ rule to allow for automated (i.e. hands-free) driving?

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