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Uber to start using self-driving cars this month, says reportA deal with Volvo will bring self-driving cars to downtown Pittsburgh by the end of August, according to a new report.
Uber to use self-driving cars this month. First reported by Bloomberg, ride hailing service, Uber, will offer self-driving cars to customers in downtown Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania within the month of August. So if you're in downtown Pittsburgh, home of Olympic champion, Kurt Angle, what can you expect out of a self-driving Uber ride? You'll be picked up by a modified Volvo XC90 SUV. If the car looks anything like the prototype, outside of the vehicle you will see sensors on the roof that help the navigate. Inside there will be an Uber engineer in the driver seat, that person is also equipped with sensors, but the biological kind like eyes and ears. When conditions dictate, the engineer will take control of the vehicle. Additionally, there will be another person in the passenger seat taking notes. So how does a person get the privilege of being driven around in one of these fancy Volvos? Riders will be provided a self-driving car at random. Let's see if that causes any backlash. By the way, there are self-driving overrides. They will be free for the time being. That's it for this Tech News Update. I'm [UNKNOWN]. You can stay on top of the biggest stories at cnet.com/update.