It’s happening. The robots are taking over.
Autonomous vehicles will be taking to the streets of Pittsburgh as Uber unveils its driverless plan to get people around the city later this month, according to Bloomberg.
The move comes just days after Ford announced its intentions to launch a fleet of commercial vehicles that don’t have steering wheels or brake pedals. Ford plans to use them for ride sharing by 2021.
But for those concerned about robots taking over the roads, don’t worry just yet. Uber says the Volvo XC90s equipped with the autonomous features will have humans sitting in the driver seat, just in case anything goes wrong.
While most testing for autonomous vehicles is typically done in Silicon Valley, the move to start testing these cars in the Steel City originates with Uber’s tight partnership with Carnegie Mellon University, based in Pittsburgh.
The school’s robotics department has played a big role in getting the cars on the ground. Uber says there will be a total of 100 driverless cars on the road by the end of the year.
But, according to Bloomberg, the cars won’t exclusively be Volvos. Uber plans to use other car brands, as well as trucking companies, to change the way people and things get around.
This announcement seems to have one-upped Elon Musk’s move to create a driverless fleet of people movers. Musk announced earlier in the summer that Telsa would explore a ride-sharing function for their models.
Any Tesla owner would be able to let their car hit the road without them to go pick up other people who need a lift.