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Being Tested in Pittsburgh
September 15, 2016
September 15, 2016
CNN Student News - September 15, 2016
Self-Driving Cars Being Tested in Pittsburgh
To quote a "USA Today" article on self-driving cars, the road has recently developed potholes. The Apple technology company has reportedly shut down parts of its project to self-driving cars. Google and Tesla brand cars with self-driving technology have seen accidents. But companies are pressing forward in developing driverless vehicles, in the hopes of making traveling safer, and we`re about to show how that`s playing out on the road.
RACHEL CRANE, CNN CORRESPONDENT:
My hands are hovering on the wheel, and my foot is hovering on the break, but I am not doing anything.
This is wild.
Uber has completely disrupted the way we get from point A to point B. And here in Pittsburgh, they`re about to revolutionize that experience.
They`re getting rid of the driver.
After 18 months of testing, Uber is allowing loyal customers in the Steel City to opt-in into ordering one of the handful of self-driving cars. Why Pittsburgh?
We really feel that Pittsburgh driving is harder than most cities, like it`s not a standard grid layout, like the traffic patterns in Pittsburgh are pretty aggressive, and we just have extreme weather conditions. If we can reason (ph) about all those different things in Pittsburgh, then we`re feeling pretty confident we can take that learning to the next city.
During the pilot program, riders will be accompanied by a safety driver to assist the vehicle in tricky situations.
Are you my safety driver?
Are you going to drive me safe, Philip? Is this baby going to drive us safe? OK, good.
And someone is sitting in shotgun to take notes along the way.
This feels completely normal, the whole thing, from calling it, sitting back here, someone is usually in the driver seat. They are right now. I would have no idea that this care was driving itself, other than it saying Uber self-driving.
It`s all controlled by 20 cameras, seven lasers and 360 degree radar coverage. All that data looks like this, a map you can see in the back seat.
We`re taking all that data and fusing it together to be like this thing that we`re seeing in space, that`s a person. That thing we`re seeing in space is a bicyclist. The ultimate goal is for one of these cars to pull up by itself, you get in, you tell it where you want to go and it brings you there safely with no problem.
How far away are we from that point right now?
I mean, that`s going to take us years.
That`s because the system isn`t perfect yet. And in order for people to feel safe, it needs to be.
According to research from the Boston Consulting Group, only 48 percent of Americans are willing to try a self-driving car, and it`s not just passengers on the fence. It`s also some Uber drivers.
I would personally never get into a driverless car. It`s terrifying. My son (ph) brakes all the time. My (INAUDIBLE) stops working. What if that car stops working? There`s a fear of riding on car that doesn`t have a driver.
Would you be scared to get at one?
Do you think that people`s concerns are unfounded?
No, I definitely have, I`m definitely sympathetic to it, right? Like you definitely seen accidents involving other competitors running their vehicles. We take it extremely seriously. So, we are working on this very hard to make sure this is a completely safe experience to everyone involved.
For now, Uber is sticking to Pittsburgh, with no immediate plans for expansion. But this is a big move for the long road ahead.
This is the future that people have been saying is going to happen for over 60 years at this point, and like we now reach that point that we can pull it off. Like we fundamentally change the world, like this is a story we tell our grandchildren that we`re the ones who did this.
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