Would You Drive in An Autonomous Uber Car?
If you live in the San Francisco Area, you can now Uber an Autonomous car. Uber started out in San Francisco, so it only make sense that they launched the program starting there. Uber is racing to get its self-driving technology out widely before its rivals, as many large tech competitors are trying to bring autonomous vehicles to consumers on a broad scale. On Tuesday, Alphabet, the parent company of Google, said it would spin off its self-driving research wing into a stand-alone company called Waymo.
San Francisco’s rollout will be on a larger scale. Starting Wednesday, any passenger who requests a ride from UberX may be picked up by an autonomous vehicle. Those chosen will receive a notification inside the Uber app, where they can accept, or cancel and request a regular driver. A company engineer sits behind the wheel in each self-driving vehicle and can take over when needed.
Riders will be able to play with a large touch screen that displays the route the car is taking, as well as a rendered version of the environment the car sees through its cameras and laser guidance systems. Uber also lets passengers take selfies from a camera facing the back seat, which they can email to themselves and share on social media.
Taking an Uber with Autonomous Technology will surely change the industry again, which could cause more backlash from the old school taxi service. How this will affect taxi companies all across the United States is still yet to be known, but they already don’t like Uber competing for their business as it is. If these vehicles prove to be safer, more efficient and cheaper you may see a huge change in the industry as a whole.
Some of the listed benefits of an Autonomous Vehicle are:
- No Biased Towards Pickups
- 24/7/365 Operation
- Easy to add capacity during peak times.
- Cheaper Costs.