Uber Decides To Build Self-Driving Cars Itself
Uber is endeavoring to follow Google’s footsteps in automated cars field.
Uber, who provides Driver-on-Demand service is currently establishing a lab in Pittsbugh, PA where necessary research will be done on the subject of robotics. According to TechCrunch, sources who remained closed to the decision-making plan have confirmed that the company is to “kickstart autonomous taxi fleet development.”
Reportedly, the company has begun its talent hunt, and has discovered talented youth from Carnegie Mellon University’s Robotics Institute. The hired employees include top engineers and commercialization experts.
Most importantly, Uber has confirmed the news that it has partnered with Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), for a similar project mentioned above.
Sources claim that the app-based transportation network has hired more than fifty senior scientists from Carnegie Mellon and National Robotics Engineering Center. Carnegie Melon, which has accomplished many successful robotics projects, did not show willingness to share their opinion on the ongoing rumors or rather news.
So what Uber intends to do with this research project? It is being said that Uber will be focusing on the core technology, the vehicles and the mandatory infrastructure to run them.
Many employees have already been made familiar with the software. The already made moves towards the accomplishment of the ultimate goal of becoming a serious competitor in Driverless car also include hundreds of thousand dollar investment in the third-party engineering work stations.
Uber does not seem to be working on an accidental idea, in fact, they have been planning for this since couple of years. Travis Kalanick, Uber CEO, once said they will make replacement of human drivers with automated cars.
As I reported earlier that Google is planning to start its own hail-riding service, the scenario, with Uber’s decision to be a steward in ‘Driverless car’ regime has become more interesting.
It seems as two inter-dependent companies are now working hard to be self-dependents. Presently, Uber is serving “Driver-on- Demand” while it uses Google Earth for routes direction. By the same token, Google refers it to the travelers.
So Google’s decision to follow Uber in hail-riding services is followed by Uber’s decision to follow Google in Driverless cars project.
I feel it is incumbent upon me to quote Gianni Versace here: “It is nice to have valid Competition; it pushes you to do better.”
Let’s see how things plays out!