A year and a half ago, Uber set up an Advanced Technologies Center (ATC) in Pittsburgh. Its mission: to make self-driving Ubers a reality. Today, we’re excited to announce that the world’s first Self-Driving Ubers are now on the road in the Steel City.
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It's incredible to see Uber rolling out (no pun intended) self-driving cars in market before Google.
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@rrhoover Looks like the same thing Google already has been doing where it still has a driver.
@rrhoover It was always obvious that most of Uber's cost comes from paying their drivers. With technology, they are trying to lower that but now my question is, how are they gonna provide customer service. I know in the beginning they would have a driver and engineer in the car but eventually I am sure they would want to eliminate/lower those costs as well. So how are they going to manage lets say drunk people getting picked up at 2am and throwing up in the car?? haha. It seems to me that a driver or uber employee will always need to be present in it. I personally don't feel like sitting in a car all day and not doing anything while people get in and out and the car drives itself. haha
@cemedericarak @rrhoover Maybe they just add a camera in the interior. One person can easily keep tabs on a dozen cars. My guess at least
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@cemedericarak @rrhoover My guess is heavy insurance (surely insurance firms are preparing themselves for this wave) + nightly vehicle maintenance (similar to how rental car companies currently operate). ^ per the tossing use case, maybe a camera in car with outsourced mechanical-turk type operation. They don't have to have no cost, just lower than hourly drivers.
@rrhoover As @jakewesorick says I find this on par with Google's controlled tests and not really "in-market" if there is a 'safety driver'. But it is still really cool! Overall, I'm more impressed with Tesla's ability to upgrade autopilot OTA on 100k+ cars being driven by real users across multiple scenarios. This creates an iterative, real-world testing platform that likely means they will have the best software, the fastest. (i'm assuming they can silently run data-collection experiments whether or not autopilot is 'on'). Eventually, it may not matter who is 'first' if the tech becomes a commodity. Will Uber be able to leverage their expertise in matching rider demand to offer the best service/prices? Or, will another player disrupt them by offering value added services or ad-supported 'free' rides? Exciting times...
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EDIT: Now picking up passengers in SF!
And Nominated for a Golden Kitty Previous comment: So EFFING cool! From their announcement: We’re inviting our most loyal Pittsburgh customers to experience the future first. If a Self-Driving Uber is available, we’ll send it along with a safety driver up front to make sure the ride goes smoothly. Otherwise it’s uberX as usual. Read more coverage: Wall Street Journal: Inside Uber’s New Self-Driving Cars in Pittsburgh New York Times: Our Reporter Goes for a Spin in a Self-Driving Uber Car The Verge: Behind the wheel of Uber’s new self-driving car, which hits the road today
@bentossell great way to spin a beta tech that's potentially fatal :) All kidding aside, this is a HUGE step!
@vivekmgeorge @bentossell apparently all tech is potentially fatal these days. We even have exploding smartphones! On a serious note, I'm all for this. I am 100% confident that robots can drive better than humans.
@vivekmgeorge @bentossell Humans are essentially fatal beta tech. Can't wait for our software update
@evankimbrell ha..fair, but if you wanted to get meta about it, one could say that about essentially everything we do :)
@bentossell @rrhoover PH feature request! add subsection (ie discussion, info, media, similar) for media mentions and list feature articles, either by curation, scraping the comments, or magic (read: ML). As I thought of this I was kinda expecting media to mean news not img/vid
I would have failed my driving test if I turned while these old ladies were already crossing the street (video at 0:47)
@xnet Was wondering if anyone else noticed this. Yeah, that would /technically/ be a violation in CA. Not sure about Pennsylvania's driving laws.
@peterkimfrank @xnet California driving laws are retarded.
Their execution is incredible. 😱 They're moving so fast.. they made in 2 years what we thought would take 5 to 10 years. (first autonomous transport "publicly" available). They're inspiring 🙌