(August 18, 2016) The BBC has reported the ride-sharing firm, Uber, will allow users to hail self-driving cars shortly.
Uber said the launch would take place in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and will be teaming up initially with Volvo in sensor-equipped XC90 SUVs. Volvo intends to have delivered 100 such cars by the end of the year.
“At first, the vehicles will be supervised by a driver, who can take control if necessary, and an observer,” reported BBC, “[…] customers will request cars the normal way, via Uber’s app, and will be paired with a driverless car at random. Trips will be free for the time being […].”
Uber will be adding its own self-developed autonomous driving systems to the Volvo base vehicle with engineers from both companies collaborating on the project.
The Volvo deal will not be an exclusive one and Uber plans to work with other carmakers, according to BBC.
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