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Self – Driving Uber on San Francisco

Pittsburgh, San Francisco was the first place where on Wednesday Uber rolled out a fleet of self -driving cars. Not to forget that San Francisco was the second U.S. city to participate in its pilot project.

According to Anthony Levandowski, head of Uber’s Advanced Technology Group, on the ridders request of UberX, the lowest-priced Uber vehicle will be matched with one of the self-driving Volvo XC90 SUVs if one is available at the same time if the customers are willing. Those cars can accommodate three passengers.

Levandowski said, “San Francisco comes with its own nuances, including more bikes on the road, high traffic density and narrow roads.”

“San Francisco is one of the most challenging cities for an autonomous car, as there are lots of vehicles, including cable cars, which are unique to the city,” said Rob Enderle, principal analyst at the Enderle Group.

He further pointed out on the fact, “the hills are particularly steep”.

Enderle told TechNewsWorld, “The buildings are close and high, blocking GPS signals and challenging GPS accuracy and pedestrians generally don’t follow traffic signals or use cross walks. There’s an argument that if you can handle San Francisco, you likely can handle any city in the United States.”

It’s not like that self-driving Uber vehicles don’t have any drivers, well they have them on board who can take control if necessary.

After building the vehicles, Volvo sold them to Uber, then its own self-driving hardware and software were added.

They are developed on Volvo’s fully modular Scalable Product Architecture, which is used on the XC90 SUV and on Volvo’s S90 and V90 premium vehicles. The control apparatus is mounted on the vehicle’s roofs.

TechCrunch reported, Ubers’s technology consists of the sensor pod and the compute stack, in the trunk. CPUs and GPUs in a blade architecture that allows easy swapping of failing parts. The cars reportedly have optical cameras, radar, LiDAR also ultrasonic detectors. Their iPad based display lets users take a selfie and share the image from their ride.

So all together Uber’s self-driving cars are almost set to ride on the roads very soon.

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