Self-driving Ubers arrive in San Francisco

THE MERCURY NEWS (CALIFORNIA), 14 DECEMBER 2016, FEAT. PROF. BRYANT WALKER SMITH:

Uber rolled out a fleet of self-driving cars in San Francisco on Wednesday, bringing the industry one step closer to a world where robot cars shuttle passengers from place to place with no one behind the wheel.

Now anyone who orders a standard ride using the Uber app in San Francisco has a chance to be picked up in a semi-autonomous Volvo XC90. The cars won’t be driverless — there will be someone in the front seat ready to take control if necessary.

The launch comes three months after Uber debuted its first robot vehicles in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

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