Is It Possible…for Taxis to Drive Themselves?

October 11, 2016

The short answer is: yes — and it’s coming sooner than you might think! Last
month, the lucky people of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania got the chance to test out Uber’s first fleet of self-driving taxis. Not to worry though, people didn’t just jump into a car and hope ( fingers crossed!) that the car would take them to where they needed to go. No, two Uber engineers sat in the front seats of every self-driving car, one to take over the controls in case something went wrong, and the other to take down notes on how well the car was utilizing its 360-degree 3D map.

But Uber’s not the only company trying to bring self-driving cars onto the roads. Google and Volvo are also experimenting with these kinds of cars. nuTonomy (a company that builds software to enable self-driving cars) has been testing their fleet of self-driving cars in Singapore for months and recently partnered with a ride-hailing app to see how people can request a self- driving taxi and then get to a destination.

The buzz about self-driving cars is definitely exciting, but there’s still work to be done. One of nuTonomy’s cars just got into an accident. No one was hurt, but the company is investigating how it happened and making adjustments.