Submitted by kevin on Thu, 2016-08-18 09:32
Heard on radio: Uber will be testing autonomous driving in Pittsburgh. Human driver backup. Partnership with Volvo.
It is my thought that the news stories about the new Uber autonomous fleet are repeating hype. I tried to dig into exactly what the articles said rather than what they implied.
All I can say for sure is that Uber says they will have cars equipped with some self-driving hardware in some state of completion later this month, and that there will be a human driver in the car also.
Bloomberg quotes Uber's CEU to say:
Kalanick believes that Uber can use the data collected from its app, where human drivers and riders are logging roughly 100 million miles per day, to quickly improve its self-driving mapping and navigation systems.
I don't see how an app that doesn't even know what lane the car is is will be able to make much improvement in navigation. Is it going to use an accelerometer to see how fast the turns are made? Sounds like more hype.