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Uber’s self-driving cars will be in the streets of Washington, DC, shortly after, announcing that the driving firm will gather data to support its autonomous vehicle fleet growth. Nevertheless, the engines are not self-operating. Alternatively, it will be driven by human drivers to launch, gather mapping data and catch driving scenarios replicated by Uber’s engineers.
Moreover, the firm is hoping that its self-drive cars will eventually drive themselves on their own in Seattle. The Company’s Advanced Technologies Group said in a medium-sized announcement, “We expect that this first hand-driven collection of data lays the groundwork for our car self-driving trials in Washington, DC.” “Whilst we are excited about the prospects, we continue to make sure every mile on public roads leads to our role as development professionals through healthy and effective learning.”
Since the fatal crash in TEMP in Arizona that took place in March 2018, Uber conducted the self-drive experiments with plenty of caution. Elaine Herzberg, 49, was struck and killed when she was riding her bike across the street by the car, which had only a safety driver behind her wheel.
Later, the police said the safety guard did not look at the road but instead streamed The Voice on her phone when the crash happened. In a blistering official report that also blamed the federal government for the inability of the company to regulate adequately, the National Transportation Safety Board divided the responsibility between Uber, the safety driver, the perpetrator and the state of Arizona. Local authorities have excluded the organization from alleged misdeeds. Uber settled an undisclosed dispute with the Herzberg estate.
Nine months after the crash testing was officially resumed, with Volvo’s SUV’s working in a locked loop at the center of Pittsburgh, with its head office in Uber’s Advanced Technologies Group. Across three major markets including San Francisco, Houston, and Toronto, Uber collects data as well. Nevertheless, in any of those cities other than Pittsburgh, it is still important to allow autonomous training. The enterprise recently introduced its third-generation vehicle, to be tested this year.
Uber is not the only organization in our nation’s capital that operates self-driving cars. Since 2018, Argo has been testing its cars in DC, the AV startup backed by Ford and Volkswagen. Optimus Ride, based in Boston, is also operating in northern Virginia with a small float of autonomous shuttles.