Harry here. Uber’s been testing self-driving cars over the past few months, but they’ve run into some problems. Today, RSG senior contributor John Ince takes a look at the recent struggles inside Uber’s self-driving division, an autonomous car crash and more!
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.
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Harry here. Self-driving cars are on a lot of drivers’ minds right now, and a few weeks ago we interviewed a futurist and autonomous car expert on the podcast who said self-driving cars would be here in 10 years (listen to that interview here)!
But today, RSG contributor Christian Perea presents a different take and talks about a few ways that drivers could actually benefit from the impending self-driving car revolution. How soon do you think it will be before self-driving cars start to hit the road and what do you plan on doing about it?
General Motors recently announced a $500 million dollar investment in Lyft as well as a strategic initiative to develop self-driving cars. We know Uber has been working on this for a while, but this was the first signal of Lyft’s eventual adoption of self-driving cars (special thanks to Emmanuel Ruvalcaba for announcing it a day early after one of his passengers revealed it to him).
General Motors has indicated they will have some self-driving cars around their campus in Michigan within the next two years, which only puts them 4 years behind Google.
Since I am a driver AND writer on this blog, I get to enjoy twice the usual flood of “aren’t you worried that robots will replace your profession?” whenever a story like this comes out. My standard response is “why call a self driving car when I can just use Marty McFly’s hoverboard?” [Read more…]
We all know about Uber’s love for self-driving cars but today I bring on an expert from the automotive industry and someone who’s spent a lot of time researching and thinking about autonomous cars. On the podcast, we cover everything from why companies like Uber will be at the forefront of the self-driving car revolution to what the future holds for personal vehicles. Spoiler alert, it’s not good for the latter.