Uber aims to catch up with Google in the production of self-driving cars.
The taxi-service company is on the verge of replacing over one million drivers with computers – which is quite unfortunate for those who make a living from being Uber drivers, thousands of young, middle aged Nigerian men inclusive.
Uber is said to have been working on self-driving cars since 2015.
In an interview with Bloomberg, Travis Kalanick, CEO of Uber revealed that the company is preparing to add self-driving cars to its fleet of active drivers in Pittsburgh as early as this month.
“The company will deploy around 100 modified Volvo XC90s outfitted with self-driving equipment. Each vehicle will be staffed by one engineer, who can take the wheel as/when needed, and a co-pilot to observe and take notes.
“There will also be a “liquid-cooled” computer sitting in the trunk recording trip and map data.”
Customers will make requests from their phones through Uber’s app and will be paired with a driverless car, as is presently being done.
Source: The Cable