Uber’s Self-Driving Cars Debut in Pittsburgh
Up to 1,000 Uber customers will be part of the first real-world test in the U.S. for regular people
On Monday, Uber introduced autonomous, self-driving vehicles for initial tests in Pittsburgh. The Wall Street Journal representatives that were able to ride in one of the new vehicles said it was a little rough, and that the car had some trouble with unexpected obstacles. However, the ultimate reaction was positive. Which could completely change the transportation industry.
Uber representatives said they wanted to test these cars in Pittsburgh primarily for its adjacency to Carnegie Mellon University and the leading experts in autonomous vehicles that are located there. The other bonus is that Pittsburgh is a particularly difficult city to drive in due to elevation changes and odd traffic customs. Ultimately, if you can code a self-driving car for success in Pittsburgh, you’re pretty much good to go.
Not only does this mean future revenue for Uber, it could also change the landscape of transportation across the world. If Uber is able to have a prevalence of self-driving cars, it is only a matter of time before that is a potential for everyone. One key aspect of this situation is Uber’s market share across the world and their penetration in a variety of countries globally. Implementing something as game changing as autonomous vehicles, there are bound to be legal and political loopholes to jump over.
The other aspect to consider is the reason Uber was successful in the first place. It was not only a cost effective way for people to travel, but a way for others to get earn extra money. If trained engineers must man the cars, this instantly becomes a more expensive operation.
We’ll see how this plays out over the next several months, and years, probably, as the technology advances and governing bodies come into play.