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Uber Restarting Testing with New Autonomous Vehicle Model Later This Year

Published on Aug 2, 2019 at 2:01 pm in Technology.

If you live in a more rural part of the country, you might not know that self-driving Ubers have been on the road in some cities since December 2016. Uber claims autonomous driving could reduce traffic deaths by 94% because they eliminate human error. With those numbers, it could bring traffic deaths in the U.S. down from 40,000 a year to 2,400 a year.

While Uber has been testing these self-driving vehicles on the road for years now, they removed them from the roads immediately following the deadly Uber accident last year. Right now, testing is solely at a secret facility in Pittsburgh. But soon, self-driving Ubers will return to traffic.

How Will Autonomous Cars Change Rideshare Companies?

Published on Apr 27, 2018 at 5:40 pm in Technology.

Autonomous cars, often referred to as self-driving cars, are being tested in several cities across the U.S. Despite the fact that there have been issues, the technology itself is something that will continue to progress until the day when the vehicles will likely become commonplace. Self-driving technology may one day affect every component of our lives—from city design to commute times, the job economy, and the legal world—but how will it affect rideshare companies and those who depend on these services?

The first thing to consider is that self-driving vehicle technology is almost ideal for rideshare systems and communities that are built and operate with rideshare services in mind. This is one reason that major rideshare companies like Uber and Lyft have both spearheaded self-driving vehicle testing projects. Uber maintains its own project while Lyft is working with General Motors.

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