If you are in Pittsburgh, you can now hail a Uber self-driving vehicle, and see for yourself what the fuss is all about. In fact, you can even ask Siri to hail you a Uber car, which will come by itself and take you wherever you want. Or simply use the easy-to-use Uber app that has already changed the world of private transportation so much.
As you can see on the video, the car comes with a resident engineer. However, he or she does is not normally involved in driving the vehicle, and is there mostly to reassure the customers and, possibly, to obey existing regulations.
Although many people (about a third of Americans, the polls say) are still wary of using driverless vehicles, Uber took a step forward and made, this week, the technology available to anyone who wants to try it.
As The Verge reports, the technology still has a few quirks, but the self-guidance systems of the Ford Fusion cars used manage to address most of the challenges normally posed to a Pittsburgh driver.
Uber users in other cities will have to wait a little more, as the system, extensively developed by CMU researchers, is certainly more mature to be used in Pittsburgh that in other places around the world.
Video source: Uber