A dark gray Uber outfitted with self-driving technology (and a driver behind the wheel) made the morning commute of one San Franciscan a little more exciting on Tuesday as it cruised down the city's busy Market Street thoroughfare. The man, Drew Olanoff, shot video and uploaded it to Instagram.
Uber isn't the only ride-hailing company questing to put autonomous vehicles on the streets. Just yesterday, Lyft co-founder John Zimmer said that the self-driving cars will make up most of its fleet within five years.
For its part, Uber has already started testing self-driving capabilities in Pittsburgh and stated that these cars are collecting map data in the area. The implications are exciting if Uber really had begun testing autonomous ride-hailing in its San Francisco base. However, that's probably not be the case. Uber told SF Gate that a car spotted last week with similar markings (it could have even been the same car) was also collecting map data.
Uber didn't respond to a request for comment. The company has previously noted that its self-driving tests are still in the early stages.
It's also likely too soon to do anything else. In order to test autonomous cars in California, Uber must first receive a permit from the California Department of Motor Vehicles. According to Business Insider, a DMV spokesperson stated that Uber does not have that permission yet.