Uber is working hard to get self-driving cars on the road, but I’m not convinced it will be happening any time soon. This week, in a coordinated PR move, Uber invited 50 reporters from around the country to Pittsburgh to test-drive their ‘self-driving cars’. It made for some great headlines, but these cars were hardly self-driving.
They currently require not one, but two Uber engineers in the car with you while you ride and every account I read had multiple reports of the human driver having to take over. So although the storyline sounds cool, we’re still a lot further off from self-driving cars than Uber would like you to think, and here’s why.