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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- The option to hail a ride in a self-driving car, which was science fiction just a few years ago, will soon be available to Uber users in Pittsburgh, the first time the technology has been offered to the general public.

Within weeks, the company announced Thursday, customers will be able to opt into a test program and summon an autonomous Ford Fusion. But since the technology has not been perfected, the cars will come with human backup drivers to handle any unexpected situations.

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Uber is rushing into this and further alienating there drivers by saying they want to replace human drivers as quickly as possible, This attitude and total disdain for its drivers is why lyft will end up being the premier rideshare company,

Lyft will also have these types of vehicles but lyft realizes that the public will need time to get used to the concept and it still has to be proven, how many people have seen a driver less car next to them while driving down the road? This is not going to be a fat transition and uber is on the verge of total collapse or selling out because they cannot continue on the same path they are on.
 

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Well they're "semi-autonomous" in that there's still a driver sitting there making sure the thing doesn't mow down a group of pedestrians.

Knowing Travis and his shady operations, though, I bet the drivers are secretly controlling the vehicle with their feet or something :) If Uber has ditched Google, there's no way they have maps at a resolution necessary for actual self-driving.

I'm going to go out on a limb and say that the first person killed by a truly self-driving car will be a pedestrian and not a passenger.
 

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In Las Vegas a pedestrian is killed, on average, every 6.5 days approximately. On large billboards around the city, they say there is an ePEDemic. More than homicides.
 

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Uber is rushing into this and further alienating there drivers by saying they want to replace human drivers as quickly as possible, This attitude and total disdain for its drivers is why lyft will end up being the premier rideshare company,

Lyft will also have these types of vehicles but lyft realizes that the public will need time to get used to the concept and it still has to be proven, how many people have seen a driver less car next to them while driving down the road? This is not going to be a fat transition and uber is on the verge of total collapse or selling out because they cannot continue on the same path they are on.
LOLOLOL a true belieber. Lyft is no more your friend than Uber. Wake up and smell the coffee I mean chicory, uber and lyft drivers can't afford real coffee.
 

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Well they're "semi-autonomous" in that there's still a driver sitting there making sure the thing doesn't mow down a group of pedestrians.

Knowing Travis and his shady operations, though, I bet the drivers are secretly controlling the vehicle with their feet or something :) If Uber has ditched Google, there's no way they have maps at a resolution necessary for actual self-driving.

I'm going to go out on a limb and say that the first person killed by a truly self-driving car will be a pedestrian and not a passenger.
seems reasonable.

yes, I think 'driverless' is a HUGE stretch for these things. the big box o'tech on top is probably empty.


 

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Jumping ahead far into the future leads me to one question. IF driverless cars become the norm.

Why do people use taxis and uber now when they go out for an evening? So they don't have to drive home drunk would be the answer. Now if someone owns a driverless car in the future then why would they need ubers driverless car service. Your car could drop you off then you could send it home and return for you later when you summon it.
 

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Uber launches self driving cars! With drivers! Huh? Another bogus driverless car story with fake headlines running on all the news outlets. FUber, please please, please... put one of those fake driverless cars on the road with no driver. We can't wait to see them crash and burn.
Yeah they're have major problems with bridges. What happens in weather. Another propaganda piece to get more investor money. Their propaganda machine rivials the Nazis. Feed an endless amount of bull to the public and hope they believe.

I think a cost analysis should be done. Their costs to operate per mile will be higher than the IRS 54 cents per mile deduction. A fleet of new cars plus the driverless technology will be more expensive than their current driver partner model.

Are the cars driving back to the garages every night. Maintenance costs will have to rival airplanes. Triple check everything mechanical before hitting the road. One fatality will cost millions.
 

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I've never really wished death on anyone, but I hope Kalinick and all of the inhuman scum like him die in their sleep of natural causes.

Transportation jobs are a major safety net in the US, you cannot simply eliminate them.
Unfortunately, techbro deebags don't care about anything or anybody. Most, if not all, of them have never come from a family that endured a layoff or job loss while they were growing up and they'll never be able to relate to people who work for a living.
 

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Would it be callous to start a death pool for the first pax killed by autonomous cars?
Yes.
Yes it would.

Put me down for 1/13/17 to 1/30/17 :)
I think you get 3-1 odds in Vegas this week for those 17 days. I'm guessing to hedge your bet right before Christmas. You know some tech with too much holiday cheer is going to pull an oops.
 
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