Uber has long planned to one day replace its vast workforce of drivers with self-driving vehicles, lowering fares and increasing profits. https://lat.ms/2HcH8up
Uber poured $457 million into research and development efforts for its advanced technology products in 2018, which include self-driving cars and flying cars. https://lat.ms/2HcH8up
However, Uber isn’t likely to become driver-less in the short term. Questions remain about the technological progress of Uber’s self-driving car software, as well as regulations surrounding autonomous vehicles and flying taxis. https://lat.ms/2HcH8up
Uber’s self-driving arm has faced serious challenges. In 2018, an Uber test vehicle in autonomous mode killed a woman crossing the street in Phoenix. In response, the company pulled all of its test cars off the road for nine months. https://lat.ms/2HcH8up
As for the company’s electric vertical take off and landing vehicles, referred to many by the misnomer “flying cars,” Uber isn’t building the vehicles but focusing instead on batteries and creating a network for bookings. https://lat.ms/2HcH8up
Efforts to automate may be ongoing, but Uber and other companies have come around to the idea that they’ll likely continue to rely on drivers. https://lat.ms/2HcH8up
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