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Thread: Self-driving cars, Uber, Inc., San Francisco, California, USA

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    San Francisco, your self-driving Uber is arriving now

    Published on Dec 14, 2016

    Self-driving cars have been picking up and dropping off riders on the streets of Pittsburgh for the last 3 months, and now we’re excited to bring them to our hometown of San Francisco. Ready to take a ride in a Self-Driving Uber?

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    Uber launches Self-Driving Pilot in San Francisco

    Published on Dec 15, 2016

    Uber is expanding its self-driving pilot to San Francisco, California, using specially-converted self-driving Volvo XC90 premium SUV’s.

    The move marks the next phase in a deepening alliance between Volvo and Uber after the two companies signed an agreement in August 2016 to establish a jointly-owned project to build base vehicles that can be used to develop fully autonomous driverless cars. These cars were initially tested in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

    The latest cars to be used in San Francisco have been built by Volvo and sold to Uber, after which Uber’s own self-driving hardware and software package has been added, most visibly in the roof-mounted control apparatus.

    These cars will drive around the streets of San Francisco autonomously, but as part of the pilot programme they will at all times have an Uber technician on board to supervise the car’s operation.

    The alliance with Uber forms one part of Volvo’s three part plan to develop autonomous driving (AD) technologies.

    In January 2017 it will begin a project entitled Drive Me, which will be the world’s largest autonomous driving test in which up to 100 AD cars will be given to members of the public to be driven on real roads around Gothenburg, Sweden. Their experiences will be used to co-develop Volvo’s AD cars.

    The second part is a joint venture with Autoliv, the leading automotive safety technology company, to set up a new jointly-owned company to design and manufacturer separately-branded AD and driver assistance software technology packages for sale to third party OEMs.

    The new company will have its headquarters in Gothenburg, Sweden, and an initial workforce taken from both companies of around 200, increasing to over 600 in the medium term. The company is expected to start operations in the beginning of 2017.

    The third part is the ongoing relationship with Uber to build and co-develop base vehicles for AD cars. This deal reduces Volvo’s developments costs, gives it a chance to develop cutting edge technology and could ultimately boost sales significantly.

    The base vehicles are manufactured by Volvo and then purchased from Volvo by Uber. Volvo Cars and Uber are contributing a combined USD300m to the project. Both Uber and Volvo will use the same base vehicle for the next stage of their own autonomous car strategies.

    The cars to be used in San Francisco are developed on Volvo Cars’ fully modular Scalable Product Architecture (SPA). SPA is one of the most advanced car architectures in the world and is currently used on Volvo Cars’ top-of-the-line multiple award winning XC90 SUV, as well as the S90 premium sedan and V90 premium estate.

    SPA has been developed as part of Volvo Cars’ USD11bn global industrial transformation programme, which started in 2010, and has been prepared from the outset for the latest autonomous drive technologies as well as next generation electrification and connectivity developments. It is these capabilities that attracted Uber to Volvo.

  3. #13

    Let's go for a test drive in a self-driving Uber

    Published on Dec 16, 2016

    Follow MIT Technology Review Editor Will Knight on a ride through Pittsburgh in a semi-autonomous Uber.
    "My Self-Driving Uber Needed Human Help"
    A test ride in a semiautonomous taxi in Pittsburgh shows the technology is not quite ready.

    by Will Knight
    September 14, 2016

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    KCBS TV-2 Los Angeles, CA: Uber ordered to pull self-driving cars off the road

    Published on Dec 15, 2016

    The CA DMV has told Uber to immediately remove their self-driving cars off the roads in San Francisco, until they get the proper permits. Consumer Watchdog is drafting legislation to address concerns with safety and transparency by the self-driving car companies.
    Article "Uber Goes To Court To Defend Its Robot Cars As Above The Law, Not Needing License"

    by Jamie Court
    December 17, 2016

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    Uber stops its self-driving cars in California

    Published on Dec 22, 2016

    California's DMV revokes the registrations of Uber's self-driving fleet, so the company has no choice but to end its tests.
    "Uber Stops Self-Driving Car Program in California"

    by Eric Newcomer
    December 22, 2016

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    Self-Driving Ubers pick up riders in Pittsburgh

    Published on Apr 14, 2017

    Uber Advanced Technologies Group welcomed Pittsburgh riders into Self-Driving Ubers in September, 2016. When a Pittsburgh rider requests an UberX, they might be matched with a self-driving car.

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    More details in the self-driving car fight between Waymo and Uber

    Published on Oct 3, 2017

    The court trial is scheduled to begin in a week.
    Waymo driverless car

  10. #20

    Our road to self-driving vehicles

    Published on Oct 6, 2017

    Meet the teams and learn about the advanced technology that’s been fueling our vehicles for over a million miles now.

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