Uber Technologies Incorporation has taken the feat to introduce self-driven cars as its latest venture. The company stated that it will work to slowly employ such vehicles that can drive themselves on their own, without the need of a human driver. Currently they have Volvo Cars on board as their supplier of such vehicles. The new XC90 will be assembled in Sweden by Volvo Cars, and will feature human controls such as a steering wheel and brake pedals. The exquisite feature is that the steering wheel as well as the brake pedals both will be designed for computer use rather than human use.
The head scientist at Uber Advanced Technologies Group, Raquel Urtasun displayed the company’s artificial intelligence technology which allows the vehicle to drive itself autonomously on highways and long route trips without the use of Maps. He stated that the goal for Uber is, “to get each one of you to where you want to go much better, much safer, cheaper.”
Earlier Uber had purchased 250 of Volvo’s XC90 SUV vehicles for their experiment to test self-driven cars. As of 2019, Uber is no longer using its old vehicles and instead has planned to employ the latest designed vehicles by Volvo. These are safer and more reliable, and have been under the development process for quite a few years. The new car will feature safety backups for the automated steering wheel and brakes, along with having pre-installed cyber security system.
Is Uber Going to Replace All Human Driven Cars?
As of now Uber aims to have a one-third percentage of self-driven cars in the near future, but the company does not plan to deploy human driven cars totally. It is going to be a slow process to introduce such cars which may take several years. The new vehicle also has a fish-eye camera that will scan for lost items for the passenger. The cars have automatic doors as well.
Last year in December, Uber started public testing of these vehicles once again in Pittsburgh after nine months of the fatal accident which occurred in Arizona by one of Uber’s self-driven vehicles. The car drove onto a woman crossing the street, and this was recorded as the first accident caused by a self-automated vehicle. In March 2019, authorities stated that the company was not under any criminal charges for the accident.
A spokes person from Uber stated that Uber plans to work with Volvo to launch tens of thousands of such vehicles for future use.