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Uber is currently developing a self-driving car. The ride-hailing service partnered with the University of Arizona in August 2015, which was the latest in a string of moves Uber has made to strengthen its self-driving car team. Uber snatched up 50 roboticists from Carnegie Mellon University to specifically work on self-driving cars, and it bought digital mapping specialist deCarta and hired former Google head of mapping Brian McClendon.
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Otto Self-Driving Truck Makes First Delivery: 51,744 Beers
An Otto self-driving truck made its first delivery, driving 51,744 cans of Budweiser 120 miles through Colorado, marking the first time commercial cargo was delivered by a self-driving truck.
Uber Self-Driving Cars Going Full Throttle with Otto, Volvo Deals
Uber announced a $300 million deal with Volvo, the launch of a self-driving car service in Pittsburgh, and the acquisition self-driving truck startup Otto.
Uber Self-Driving Car Hits Pittsburgh’s Streets
Uber began testing self-driving cars in Pittsburgh weeks ago but finally confirmed the tests for the first time. Uber's self-driving Ford Fusion hybrid, which is in the early testing stages, will be collecting mapping data as well as testing its self-driving capabilities.
Self-Driving Car Coalition to Accelerate Time to Market
Ford, Google, Lyft, Uber and Volvo, have formed the "Self-Driving Coalition for Safer Streets" coalition to speed up the time to market for self-driving cars. The coalition will "work with lawmakers, regulators and the public to realize the safety and societal benefits of self-driving vehicles."
Uber CEO Travis Kalanick: Self-Driving Cars to ‘Take a lot Longer’
Speaking at the TED conference in Vancouver, Uber CEO Travis Kalanick said "it's likely to take a lot longer" for self-driving cars hit the roads, and even longer for them to change the world.
Uber Strengthens Self-Driving Car Team
Uber has partnered with the University of Arizona on the research and development of mapping and optics for self-driving cars. Uber will also test test its self-driving vehicles on Tucson streets.
Why Uber’s Self-Driving Cars Will be Here Sooner Than you Think
The California Labor Commission ruled that an Uber driver should be classified as an employee, giving the startup some incentive to focus even more on self-driving cars.