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.