Thanks To Uber, The Public Can Now Ride In Self-Driving Cars

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Isabella Ohlmeyer
Uber is doing a trial run of self-driving cars later this month and Volvo has announced its partnership with Uber to use their autonomous vehicles.

Being a driver got a lot easier for Uber employees after Uber Technologies Inc. announced their test run of self-driving vehicles.

The billion-dollar car company has now partnered with Volvo in developing self-driving cars which will be available to customers at the end of this month, USA TODAY reported.

In May, Uber employees test drove a hybrid Ford Fusion to analyze its autonomous capabilities and collect mapping data.

Pittsburgh is home to Uber’s self-driving research facility where its employees are former robotics experts.

The self-driving car will still have Uber drivers inside of the vehicle for safety precautions.

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Two employees with Uber will be in the front seats of the car when picking up customers, one will be behind the wheel as an emergency backup driver and another person will be monitoring from the passenger seat, according to The Wall Street Journal.

The partnership will give both Volvo and Uber a chance to contribute to the self-driving concept for consumers.

“Both Uber and Volvo will use the same base vehicle for the next stage of their own autonomous car strategies,” the Volvo statement reads. "This will involve Uber adding its own self-developed autonomous driving systems to the Volvo base vehicle. Volvo will use the same base vehicle for the next stage of its own autonomous car strategy, which will involve fully autonomous driving.”

It’s heartbreaking to know that Volvo may be following in the same footsteps as Tesla in their self-driving car accidents in the Tesla Model S vehicles. 

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